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Biofuels Headline - July 2012

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Biofuels Image of the Month
Farmer meeting in Sampson County
Sampson County Extension director Kent Wooten addresses local farmers at an information session in Clinton, N.C., on upcoming energy crop-growing opportunities (26 July 2012). With plans to construct the nation's first cellulosic biofuels facility in Sampson County, Chemtex International was recently awarded support from the USDA's Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) to grow energy crops in 11 North Carolina counties. Click here to learn more about a similar information session being held in Duplin County this evening, 31 July 2012.
Biofuels Industry Spotlight

Established in 1996, Ceres, Inc. is an ag-biotech company that markets seeds for energy crops used in the production of renewable bioenergy. Ceres is developing improved crop varieties that can address the limitations of first-generation bioenergy feedstocks, increase biomass productivity, reduce crop inputs, and improve cultivation on marginal land. The company's energy crop varieties include Sweet Sorghum, High-biomass Sorghum, Switchgrass, and Miscanthus. Dedicated energy crops enable bioenergy projects to reach greater scale than other potential sources of biomass because of their yields, hardiness, and relatively low input requirements.

Working both in the U.S. and abroad, Ceres’ first large-scale commercial products are Sweet Sorghum hybrids that can be used as “drop-in” feedstock to extend the operating season of Brazilian sugarcane-to-ethanol mills. Its dedicated energy crops can also be used for the production of second-generation biofuels and bio-based chemicals—including cellulosic ethanol, butanol, jet fuel, diesel-like molecules and gasoline-like molecules—from non-food biomass.

Ceres has actively engaged growers about opportunities with dedicated energy crops for several years in North Carolina. Performed in partnership with N.C. State University and the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, the company’s local activities have included field trials of several energy crops, which confirm high-quality crop performance under North Carolina-specific growing conditions.

Reflecting the strength of its work, Ceres has been awarded multiple competitive grants, including a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) grant and a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Project Agency for Energy (ARPA-E).

For more information about Ceres, visit

Biofuels Center News

Duplin County, Biofuels Center to convene farmers today for energy crops opportunities
In partnership with the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, Duplin County Cooperative Extension is hosting an information session on upcoming energy crop-growing opportunities for local farmers today, 31 July 2012, at the Lois G. Britt Agriculture Service Center in Kenansville ...

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Repreve Renewables announces open meeting on Freedom Giant Miscanthus, BCAP
Repreve Renewables is hosting an informational meeting on Wednesday, 1 August 2012, at the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center in Clinton from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ...

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Biofuels Center awards $1.4 million in grants for biofuels sector development
The Center received 34 pre-proposals totaling more than $4.7 million from 17 institutions following its November 2011 request for applications ...

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Center-supported pilot program to produce food, fuel in western NC (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Blue Ridge Biofuels, AdvantageWest, Biltmore Estate, and other partners have been awarded a grant from the Biofuels Center of North Carolina for a study of the “Field to Fryer to Fuel” program ...

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Sampson County, Biofuels Center gather farmers for energy crop opportunities
At the 26 July meeting in Clinton, N.C., farmers and landowners were encouraged to sign up to connect with biofuels company Chemtex and the USDA Farm Services Agency (FSA) for further supply discussions and contract negotiations ...

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Center-supported program offers new career paths (North Carolina Rural Center News Release)
The Rural Center grant was combined with awards from the Golden LEAF Foundation and the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, which enable students to enroll in the course tuition-free ...

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City of Raleigh awarded support for biofuels production (City of Raleigh News Release)
The staff at the Neuse River Wastewater Treatment Plant is developing an oilseed processing facility to displace at least 50 percent of its fuel use with biodiesel ...

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North Carolina Biofuels News


USDA announces awards for NC producers (U.S. Department of Agriculture News Release)
North Carolina companies receiving awards include Blue Ridge Biofuels, North American Bio-Energies, and Piedmont Biofuels ...

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Cellulosic biofuels project announced in Greene County (Kinston Free Press)
The biofuels facility is expected to create a $9.5 million investment within three years in Greene County  ...

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NCSU researchers study bacteria for biofuels production (
A key challenge in producing cost-effective lignocellulosic biofuels is improving the efficiency of access to the sugars imprisoned in a plant's cell wall ...

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News Around the Globe

Biofuels will be large player in fuel markets, says BP (MarketWatch)
BP projects biofuels will make up 30 percent of the gasoline pool by 2030 and sees cellulosic ethanol as the energy to watch ...   

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EPA considering Grain Sorghum for advanced biofuels  (
The agency issued a Notice of Data Availability for its life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) analysis of Grain Sorghum as feedstock to produce ethanol under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) ... 

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Researchers awarded $7 million for cow manure-to-ethanol project (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a coalition of state firms have been awarded $7 million for bioenergy research that would use a manure byproduct to produce ethanol ...

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First algae-based biofuels plant set for 2013 debut (
The new $9.8 million facility will take advantage of carbon dioxide waste from a sugarcane plantation that would otherwise end up in the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas, and that carbon dioxide can help speed up the growth of the seaweed ...

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Biofuels Education Spotlight

As North Carolina develops its commercial biofuels industry, Wilson Community College in Wilson is preparing automotive technicians, fleet managers, and others for fuels of the future, which range from cellulosic ethanol to green diesel. As new types of vehicles enter the market, biofuels education has necessarily been incorporated into the college’s Advance Transportation Technologies program. The program also focuses on theory, electrical systems, engine performance, servicing and operation of brakes, and other areas of study. Upon graduation, students earn an Associate’s of Applied Science in Automotive System Technologies degree.

Wilson Community College also has several upcoming offerings, as two new diploma programs will be incorporated at the college in 2013. The Alternative Transportation Technology program will prepare students to apply their knowledge to the maintenance of alternative-fuel vehicles (AFV), such as flex-fuel and hybrid models. The second new offering is the Automotive Light-Duty Diesel Technology program, which will prepare students to work on all types of diesel engines but will have an emphasis on alternative diesel fuels.

In the future, the Advanced Transportation Technologies staff hopes to offer two-day seminars for a broader audience on biodiesel production and clean diesel technology. The seminars are envisioned to provide hands-on training in the conversion of vegetable oils into biodiesel while focusing on the high quality necessary for the product to meet ASTM standards, the nationally recognized fuel certification.

For more information on current and new programs at Wilson Community College, contact department head Rich Cregar 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.

Repreve Renewables
Repreve Renewables, headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., is an innovator in the quest to bring workable solutions for renewable energy to market ...

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

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Freedom Giant Miscanthus
After 12 years of research trials at Mississippi State University, this particular Miscanthus rhizome was chosen for its size, vigor, yield, and profitability when grown in the southeastern United States ...

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Haywood Community College
Located in western North Carolina, Haywood Community College has projects to increase biofuels production and use at the college and also at Haywood County Materials Recovery Center ...

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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?
According to an economic forecast report published in May of this year, the biofuels industry will support more than 2.2 million jobs in all sectors of the global economy by 2020. (Source: Cardno Entrix)

Biofuels Center Podcast
North Carolina's Biofuels Campus project manager Bo Harrison discusses the Biofuels Company Accelerator and its targeted service providers with Biofuels Center communications manager Shane Reese.

Biofuels Term to Know
 A biochemical 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 practices ...

Biofuels Event Calendar

7-8 August 2012 -
7th Annual Southeast Diesel Collaborative Partners Meeting
Atlanta, Ga.

8-9 August 2012 -
Southeast Biofuels and Renewable Energy Conference
Jackson, Miss.

17-19 August 2012 -
2012 Collective Biofuels Conference
Temecula, Calif.

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