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Biofuels Headline - April 2012

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Biofuels Image of the Month
Mowing Switchgrass in greenhouse
A Biofuels Center staffer mows Switchgrass, a biofuels feedstock crop, in a greenhouse (above) on North Carolina's Biofuels Campus in Oxford. To learn more about Biofuels Center activities, interested parties are encouraged to attend the 3 May event, Growing Renewable Biofuels: Smart Resources Support Our Vision, as the Center will with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack initiate the Biofuels Company Accelerator, the Oxford Biodiesel Plant, and North Carolina's Biofuels Campus.
Biofuels Industry Spotlight

 Blue Ridge Biofuels (BRB) is the largest manufacturer and distributor of biodiesel in western North Carolina. What started out as a backyard hobby among friends almost a decade ago provides over 300,000 gallons annually of retail and bulk sales of on-road and off-road biodiesel blends. Since forming in January 2005, Blue Ridge Biofuels has displaced over 700,000 gallons of petroleum and distributed over 1.5 million gallons of biodiesel/petroleum blends ranging from B2 to B99. Blue Ridge’s biofuels production improves air quality, boosts the local economy, and increasing the fuel security of the region.

Blue Ridge Biofuels supplies biodiesel and biodiesel blends for all diesel applications. The company supplies eight public pumps in the greater Asheville region, including the first high-blend biodiesel pump on the East Coast. Blue Ridge also sells bulk on-road biodiesel to public and private fleets and off-road biodiesel to construction companies and farms. Utilizing waste oil to produce biodiesel, Blue Ridge produces sustainable, locally-made energy. All the biodiesel produced by Blue Ridge is made in Asheville from used cooking oil collected from over 300 restaurants and kitchens in the western part of the state.

The recipient of numerous grants and awards from state and national agencies, Blue Ridge Biofuels received a loan in 2008 from the Biofuels Center of North Carolina that allowed the company to greatly expand its production capacity and increase the efficiency of its plant in Asheville.

Blue Ridge Biofuels is also a community-driven organization, collaborating on regional green initiatives in both the public and private sectors. The company also works with local green-jobs programs to provide training and experience in biodiesel manufacturing for underserved populations. Blue Ridge Biofuels believes that true sustainability goes beyond locally produced fuel and means being an active and integral member in the local community.

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Biofuels Center News

 US Ag Secretary Vilsack to headline Center event in Oxford
After Secretary Vilsack and other leaders address the audience, tours of the Biofuels Company Accelerator, trial feedstock-growing plots, and the biodiesel plant will be provided this Thursday, 3 May 2012... 

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Center Accelerator featured in magazine's energy report (Site Selection)
The Biofuels Center of North Carolina has opened the Biofuels Company Accelerator to support the development of biofuels and related technology projects, researchers, and companies... 

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Center-supported program aims to provide rural employment (Greenville Daily Reflector)
Employee downsizing at North Carolina logging operations tied to the depressed housing market should see a reversal based on emerging markets, the impetus for a new job training partnership between Pitt Community College and a logging association, officials said...

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Center CEO addresses sold-out international conference in Norway
Upon the request of the Norwegian government, Biofuels Center president and CEO Steven Burke addressed the 16-18 April conference as a featured speaker...

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Center supports inclusion of energy programs in Farm Bill 
The Biofuels Center joined more than 100 other national, state, and regional organizations in signing a letter to congressional leaders expressing support for funding of renewable energy programs in the 2012 Farm Bill...

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North Carolina Biofuels News


Novozymes joins Danish biofuels plant project (Reuters)
With its North American headquarters based in Franklinton, N.C., Novozymes has joined a group that plans to build a bioethanol and biogas plant in Denmark by 2016 as part of efforts to ramp up industrial production of advanced fuels from plant waste, the company said...

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USDA looks to farmers to lower gas prices (Davidson County Dispatch)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture knows lowering the price begins with a strong supply of biofuels...

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Haywood Community College recognized for biofuels production, other projects (Smoky Mountain News)
Haywood earned the distinction in large part through its community partnerships...

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News Around the Globe

BP says US holds advantage in advanced fuels as long as mandate remains (Platts)
By tinkering with the U.S. renewable fuel mandate before it runs its course, Congress would squander the global competitive edge in advanced biofuels that the law has helped the nation quickly and unexpectedly acquire, the chief executive of BP Biofuels said...   

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Verbio advances on straw-to-gas fuel expansion (Bloomberg Businessweek)   
German biofuels producer Verbio generated most of its revenue last year producing biodiesel and ethanol... 

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New genedata selector for biofuels will be showcased at 2012 BIO World Congress (PRWeb)
The solution provides a platform for comprehensive genomic analysis, enabling research across the entire R&D workflow in industrial biotech and specifically biofuels industries... 

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Lincoln Energy Solutions adds biodiesel infrastructure in SC (Biodiesel Magazine) 
Transloading company and biofuel supplier Lincoln Energy Solutions is adding new biodiesel and ethanol storage capacity at the company’s Belton, S.C., facility...

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Green cars take top prize in US racing series (Governors' Biofuels Coalition)

The Audi R18 Ultra, a turbocharged-diesel prototype running on bio-to-liquid fuel, won the 2012 Sebring race and the Michelin Green X Challenge...

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Biofuels Education Spotlight

The Gaston County School System has been utilizing biodiesel in its school buses through an innovative project combined with community partnerships. By using vegetable oil from school cafeterias, restaurants, and large manufacturers, the county is producing thousands of gallons of biodiesel every year for use by its school bus fleet. As a result, the county is improving air quality and significantly cutting its fuel costs.

The Gaston County School System biodiesel project, which began in 2005, started with surplus soup pots from school cafeterias. That year, the project produced 10,000 gallons of biodiesel. In 2008, the project increased the size of its biodiesel plant to run 500-gallon batches at one time. This school year, the project has produced 27,000 gallons of fuel. With no additional employees, the school system gains the benefit of cleaner emissions and locally produced biofuels of less than $1.00 per gallon.

For its efforts, the Gaston County School System received the National Clean Air Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and was featured in School Transportation News, a national magazine. Another national magazine, School Bus Fleet, honored the county transportation system for one of its top 10 outstanding school bus fleets in the U.S.

As a model component of the Biofuels Center’s statewide Civic and Small-scale Biofuels Project, the Gaston County School System’s biodiesel production process has been demonstrated to other school systems as well as county and city governments across the nation.

For more information about other civic and small-scale biofuels projects in development or operation in North Carolina, contact Biofuels Center project developer Leif Forer 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.

Southern Pump and Tank Company
SPATCO has worked with several convenience store owners in N.C. to install blender pumps that dispense custom ethanol blends...

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ASPO, or the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas Ireland, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study of the phenomenon of peak oil and raising awareness about it...

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Thermochemical Conversion Process
A thermochemical conversion process is one of several methods of converting biomass to biofuels...

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Billion Ton Study
The U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recognized that biomass is a strategic resource in helping the United States reduce its dependence on imported fuel...

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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?
The biofuels industry reached a record $83 billion in 2011, up from $56.4 billion in 2010. (Source: Sacramento Business Journal)


  Biofuels Center Podcast
Lisa Richman, director of the Mobile Launch Pad for Critical Careers, discusses the mobile lab with Biofuels Center communications manager Shane Reese.

  Biofuels Term to Know
Biobutanol is an advanced biofuel derived from biomass that can be blended into gasoline...

  Biofuels Feedstock Profile
Agricultural crop residues are the plant parts, primarily stalks and leaves, not removed from the fields with the primary food or fiber product...

  Biofuels Event Calendar

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