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Biofuels Headline - March 2012

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Biofuels Image of the Month
I-85 sign to Biofuels Center
Just weeks after the launch of the Biofuels Company Accelerator on North Carolina's Biofuels Campus in Oxford, the N.C. Department of Transportation installed signs on I-85 (above) to the Biofuels Center. Learn more about the Accelerator in this month's podcast. 
Biofuels Industry Spotlight

 Launched in 2008, Charlotte, N.C.-based CALOR specializes in strategies to improve economic and environmental outcomes for its clients with expertise in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and alternative fuels. CALOR assists clients through market analysis, business model development, feedstock acquisition, and design, construction management, and startup for biofuels production facilities.

Dedicated to a domestic fuel future, CALOR took a leadership role in bringing together biofuels experts from across the state and nation as a gold sponsor for the March 2012 BioEnergy Symposium at UNC-Charlotte. In January 2012, CALOR won the Energy Leadership Award from the Charlotte Business Journal, one of 10 firms to be honored for effectively influencing Charlotte’s emergence as a global leader in the energy sector. CALOR earned recognition from the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association as its 2011 Business Leader of the Year. The firm’s commitment to economic and environmental balance led to CALOR’s successful 2011 B-Corp certification, a new standard for socially responsible companies.

Helping to secure over $2.5 million in grants, CALOR provides grant development services for a wide range of green energy projects. In its most recent award, CALOR led the team collaborating on energy strategies supporting a $4.9 million initiative by the Centralina Council of Governments from the U.S. HUD Sustainable Communities program. The Charlotte Region Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council has named CALOR as its grant development provider for 2012.

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Biofuels Center News

 Center to showcase Accelerator, Campus at May event
Tours of the Biofuels Company Accelerator, trial feedstock-growing plots, and the biodiesel plant will be provided at the 4 May event in Oxford... 

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Center delivers biofuels feedstock presentation to legislative committee
The Biofuels Center presented to the North Carolina General Assembly’s Energy Policy Issues Committee at its March meeting... 

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Federal agencies announce funding opportunity for biomass research and development
In March, the U.S. Department of Energy in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $35 million in federal funding over the next three years for biomass research and development...

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Center to sponsor, exhibit at Sustainable Energy Conference in Raleigh
The Biofuels Center will again sponsor, exhibit, and participate at the 9th Annual North Carolina Sustainable Energy Conference at N.C. State University's McKimmon Center in Raleigh on 19-20 April...

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Weeks after Accelerator launch, Center gains I-85 directional signs
The N.C. Department of Transportation installed signs on I-85 and in Oxford to make the Biofuels Center easier to find...

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Biofuels, bioproducts showcased at Eastern BioNight
(Greenville Daily Reflector)

Sam Brake, director of farming at the nonprofit Biofuels Center of North Carolina in Oxford, researches potential biofuels as part of a state mandate to reduce dependence on imported petroleum...

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North Carolina Biofuels News


Driving business on biofuels (Durham Herald-Sun)
The manager of the Durham-based transportation company Greenway Transit is on a mission to move people with biofuels...

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Gasoline and Inspection Board approves new rules for ethanol labeling (Richmond County Daily Journal)
The Gasoline and Oil Inspection Board approved changes in March to rules governing the way ethanol and other oxygenated gasoline blends can be labeled...

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News Around the Globe

Biofuels are long-term solution to gas prices, says BIO (Business Wire)
The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the bedrock policy encouraging continued investment in production of biofuels that have helped to check fuel prices at the pump, according to the organization representing 1,100 biotech companies and institutions...   

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ShowMe Energy building grass-to-jet fuel facility for U.S. military (Des Moines Register)   
Set to open in 2014, the plant will be one of several that the military will use to produce biofuels, which are considered particularly effective as aviation fuels... 

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Biofuels, solar markets continue growth, says report (Sacramento Business Journal)
Renewable energy markets continued to expand last year, even with a tough economic and political climate, increased industry consolidation, and downward pricing pressures on manufacturers, according to a new report... 

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USDA program offers farmers way to create renewable energy, on underutilized land ( 
BCAP is an important element of the U.S. national energy strategy to address high fuel prices and reduce reliance on petroleum, which will also create jobs in rural communities and drive economic growth...

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Biofuels holding gas prices in check, says Vilsack (Erie Times-News) 
In an interview with the Erie Times-News, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack said that ethanol and other biofuels are helping to hold prices at the pump in check...

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Minnesota awards $2.4 million for biofuels projects (Biofuels Digest)

A technical committee comprised of staff from the Minnesota Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Employment and Economic Development, Natural Resources, and the Pollution Control Agency awarded funding to several projects...

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Biofuels Education Spotlight

With help from numerous partner groups, the N.C. Association of Professional Loggers (NCAPL) will train individuals for 16 weeks in all aspects of logging safety and health, equipment operation, and environmental compliance through the state’s first Forest Equipment Operator program. As woody biomass will play a significant role in North Carolina’s biofuels sector, the Biofuels Center contributed funding to develop this world-class training curriculum.

The Forest Equipment Operator program at Pitt Community College, located in Greenville, N.C., is designed to provide the technical and practical knowledge necessary to become a skilled forest equipment operator in the logging industry. The program offers training across eastern North Carolina and will expand statewide over time. Training will take place in the classroom as well as on live training sites using hands-on applications. Students will train on new skidders, fellerbunchers, log loaders, and crawlers on real logging jobs.

Upon completion, students will also be made available for job interviews with North Carolina businesses. Those who complete the program will be qualified to assume responsibilities as entry-level forest equipment operators. Graduates will also possess the necessary abilities and understanding to continue on-the-job experiences until they acquire specific skills and performance levels to be accomplished operators.

The program is community-based training for North Carolinians who want to have a quality job and career in their own community. The program starts 16 April 2012, and enrollment is limited to the first qualifying 25 applicants. All qualifying applicants will be considered, including current employees who need training as well as those with construction, landscaping, agricultural, military, and other backgrounds. Tuition is reimbursed upon successful course completion.

To find out more about the Forest Equipment Operator program, call 919.271.9050 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Biofuels Wiki Recent Updates

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Correlations between fossil fuels and biofuels
This article explores the correlation between oil, natural gas, and biofuels, as well as the correlation between all fuels and the NASDAQ and broader US S&P 500 index...

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Canadian biofuels life cycle assessment
The report was commissioned by the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association and conducted by Cheminfo...

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Piedmont Biofuels
After years focused on small reactor design for making fuel out of waste vegetable oil, Piedmont switched gears and went into commercial production in 2005...

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Biochar and the pyrolysis treatment to create biochar both have the ability to create biofuels...

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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 percent of the state’s liquid fuel consumption with locally grown and produced biofuels. Find out more at
  Did You Know?
During the 2011 NASCAR season, stock cars and trucks increased their horsepower while accumulating more than 1 million miles of practice, qualifying, and racing laps on Sunoco Green E15, a 15-percent biofuels blend, free of any complications. (Source: NASCAR's 2011 Million Mile Report)


  Biofuels Center Podcast
Project consultants Hank Dietz and Larry Daquioag discuss the Biofuels Company Accelerator’s leased laboratory facilities, shared equipment, and business development support with Biofuels Center communications manager Shane Reese.

  Biofuels Term to Know
   A thermochemical conversion process is one of several methods of converting biomass to biofuels...

  Biofuels Feedstock Profile
As North Carolina's most abundant biomass resource, woody biomass can readily service advanced biofuels facilities when coupled with increased productivity and appropriate environmental management practies...

  Biofuels Event Calendar

11 April 2012 -
NewEnergy Farms Energy Crop Open Day
Somerset, U.K.

16 April 2012 -
Forest Equipment Operator Training
Greenville, N.C.

16-18 April 2012 -
Technoport 2012
Trondheim, Norway

19-20 April 2012 -
9th Annual North Carolina Sustainable Energy Conference
Raleigh, N.C.

4 May 2012 -
Biofuels Company Accelerator, Biodiesel Plant, and North Carolina's Biofuels Campus Initiation
Oxford, N.C.

6-8 May 2012 -
12th International Conference on Biocomposites
Ontario, Canada

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