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Biofuels Headline - December 2011

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Civic and Small-scale Biofuels Convening (8 December 2011)
Former N.C. League of Municipalities president and Brevard City Councilman Rodney Locks (center) addressed the first Convening of Civic and Small-scale Biofuels at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem on 8 December 2011. Leaders from North Carolina's statewide biofuels community shared project experiences and concepts ranging from on-base military use of biofuels to feedstock crops grown on landfill buffers. Learn more about one of these innovative projects in this month's podcast. 
Biofuels Industry Spotlight

 As the City of Raleigh moves forward with strategic plans to improve energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint, it has launched a unique biomass-to-biofuels project. In addition to an LED-certified building and solar arrays, the City of Raleigh is now producing biodiesel derived from sunflowers at the Neuse River Waste Water Treatment Plant, a 60 million-gallons-per-day facility that serves Raleigh, Garner, Knightdale, Wake Forest, Zebulon, Wendell, and Rolesville. The project’s method for producing sunflowers is unique because the city utilizes reclaimed water from the treatment plant for irrigation.

The city’s public utilities department owns and operates the treatment facility that includes approximately 1,500 acres of farmland. As part of the wastewater treatment process, biosolids are produced on a daily basis. The farmland serves as a disposal site for this stabilized sludge, which acts as an organic fertilizer for biofuels feedstock crops such as sunflowers. The site is an ideal setting for alternative energy production as well as nutrient uptake by biofuels feedstock crops, as utilizing reclaimed water for irrigation reduces the environmental impact on the Neuse River. In 2010, the City of Raleigh produced approximately 1,000 bushels of sunflower seed on 27 acres of farmland. The seed was then crushed and processed into biodiesel, which fueled city buses, trucks, and tractors. The project found great success in 2011, producing 20,000 bushels of sunflower seed ready for fuel production.

As the Biofuels Center has identified civic and small-scale biofuels production to be a key component to reaching the state’s “10 percent in 10 years” goal, the City of Raleigh’s biodiesel project is a model that could be replicated by other municipalities. Many of North Carolina’s city, town, and county leaders have recognized the varied opportunities to improve efficiency and cut costs through small-scale biofuels programs, and the City of Raleigh’s innovative approach sets the example for future civic endeavors.

For more on City of Raleigh energy projects, click here.

Biofuels Center News

 Lessons in bioenergy (Global Corporate Xpansion)
Biofuels Center president and CEO Steven Burke is featured in this article about the nation's bioenergy resources... 

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Center-supported biofuels project earns USDA funding (Raleigh News & Observer)
With a $4 million grant from the Department of Agriculture, Steve Kelley and researchers from N.C. State are trying to understand how the biofuels industry may develop in North Carolina...

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First Civic and Small-scale Biofuels Convening a resounding success
More than 50 people attended the convening, ranging from biodiesel producers to municipal wastewater treatment facility managers...

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Center-supported biofuels project launches website to spur community involvement
By educating the communities of western North Carolina and placing public recycling bins in accessible locations, the Cooking Oil Recycling Program seeks to keep used cooking oil out of the sewers and divert them to Blue Ridge Biofuels for processing into biodiesel... 

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NCDA issues fuel labeling regulation
During the 2011 legislative session, the N.C. General Assembly directed the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA) to develop rules governing the labeling requirements for all fuel pumps that offer ethanol-blended gasoline for retail sale...

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North Carolina Biofuels News


Move over flash pyrolysis, there's a new bioenergy sheriff in town (U.S. Department of Energy)
Research engineers at RTI International are developing a process that has the potential to change the way we produce cellulosic biofuels...

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News Around the Globe

Mascoma, Codexis closing in on commercialized cellulosic biofuels (Greentech Media)
Mascoma, hot off announcing its upcoming IPO, has now finalized a partnership with Valero to build Mascoma's previously announced 20-million-gallon-per-year cellulosic ethanol plant...   

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Biodiesel industry smashes previous production record for 2011 (   
New demands from emerging markets are anticipated to stimulate the creation of more sustainable fuels that can also support global economic growth... 

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Bio Architecture Lab breaks ground on seaweed-to-advanced biofuels experimental pilot facility in Chile (MarketWatch)
The facility, expected to be operational in 2012, will allow the company to demonstrate a complete value chain from seaweed farming to advanced biofuels production in the Los Lagos region of Chile.... 

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Arizona, California colleges offer free biofuels classes (Ethanol Producer Magazine) 

Students are expected to begin classes March 2012 at University of California San Diego Extension and Mira Costa College to obtain certification as biofuels science technicians...

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American Ethanol celebrates great first year (Biofuel Blog War)
The partnership between NASCAR and ethanol is officially a year old and it has been a great year for racing on the renewable fuel...

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Biofuels Education Spotlight

North Carolina 4-H is in the developmental stages of creating a biofuels curriculum thanks to funding from British Petroleum (BP), which will focus on the production of biofuels in the southern region. An emphasis in lesson development will integrate experiments and protocol procedure that utilize the same techniques and materials as scientists in the field. Students will explore careers in the biofuels sector as well as the various types of biofuels, the feedstocks used to make them, and the scale of production. Numerous life skills from the 4-H Targeting Life Skills Model will be nurtured, including critical thinking, problem solving, communication, record keeping, self-esteem, resource efficiency, cooperation, and teamwork.

The curriculum will focus on meeting national science standards in physical science for appropriate dissemination and leverage compatible with "North Carolina Essential Standards in 8th-grade Science Energy Conservation and Transfer." The lessons will be suitable to use in a classroom setting but will provide flexibility for implementation in after-school clubs, 4-H community clubs, or summer camp programs that broaden youth outreach.

North Carolina 4-H serves the public by bringing research-based information to community residents through strong youth programming and community networking. North Carolina 4-H specialists and agents are dedicated to strengthening communities by creating innovative programs that allow youth to learn about and respond to local issues.

For more information on this curriculum and other collaborative opportunities with North Carolina 4-H, contact Amy Chilcote at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Biofuels Wiki Recent Updates

The Biofuels Wiki is a one-stop, collaborative site where reliable knowledge about liquid renewable fuels can be found—think of it as a biofuels encyclopedia on the Internet. To add or edit content on the site, click here to register.

Green Circle NC
Green Circle NC is a renewable services company currently specializing in cooking oil recycling and grease trap services...

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AdvanceBio Systems LLC
AdvanceBio provides consulting services and technology to the growing global biofuels industry and emerging biochemical sector...

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Chemol Company Inc.
Chemol Company Inc. is a supplier of oleochemicals, bioproducts, and toll-manufacturing services to a variety of manufacturers across multiple industries...

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Catchlight Energy LLC
Catchlight Energy is based on the concept that cellulosic biofuels can fill an important role in diversifying the nation's energy sources and addressing global climate change by providing a source of low-carbon transportation fuel...

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Metso Power
Metso, a global engineering and technology corporation, is a supplier of sustainable technology and services for mining, construction, power generation, automation, recycling, and the pulp and paper industries...

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biofuels center logo newsletter The Biofuels Center of North Carolina is developing a sustainable, statewide biofuels industry to reduce North Carolina’s dependence on imported liquid fuels and to create jobs. The goal is to replace 10% of the state’s liquid fuel consumption with home-grown and -produced biofuels by 2017. Find out more at
  Did You Know?
With its North American headquarters based in Franklinton, N.C., Novozymes produced 47 percent of the global enzyme market in 2010 and about 65 percent of the biofuels enzyme market. (Source: CBS News) 

  Biofuels Center Podcast
Melita Kyriakou of Blue Ridge Biofuels discusses a nationally unique cooking oil-to-biodiesel recycling project with Biofuels Center communications manager Shane Reese.

  Biofuels Term to Know
Bio-oil, produced from solid biomass, is a carbon-rich liquid that can be used to produce chemicals and fuels...

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  Biofuels Feedstock Profile
Restaurant grease, technically different from waste vegetable oil, is a feedstock for small-scale biodiesel production...

  Biofuels Event Calendar

16-18 January 2012 -
Pacific West Biomass Conference & Trade Show
San Francisco, Ca.

22-24 February 2012 -
Renewable Fuels AssocNational Ethanol Conference
Orlando, Fla.

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