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Biofuels Headline - September/October 2012



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Recently installed signage marks the front entrance at the Williamsdale Farm near Wallace, N.C., where several cutting-edge research projects are under way. In partnership with N.C. State University, the Biofuels Center of North Carolina will study nitrogen consumption rates for several energy grasses that are considered prime feedstock crops for biofuels production. Click here to learn more about ongoing research at the Williamsdale Biofuels Farm.

North Carolina's Growing Strengths: The F3 Program

In western North Carolina, several businesses and organizations are partnering to implement a one-of-a-kind, closed-loop energy project that benefits both the local economy and the environment. The Field to Fryer to Fuel program, or F3, is a joint venture of AdvantageWest Economic Development Group, Blue Ridge Biofuels, Biltmore Estate, and others supported by the Biofuels Center of North Carolina. If the 12-month project is successful, this model could be established in other regions of the state.

Under the program, Blue Ridge Biofuels will produce edible oils from regionally grown oilseeds, and then essentially lease these oils to restaurant partners for their frying needs. After use and collection, Blue Ridge will convert the fryer oil into ASTM D6751-quality fuel for local fuel customers, including Biltmore Estate and others.

Progress is already under way, as Biltmore Estate recently planted nearly 50 acres of canola and will plant the remaining few acres in the next two weeks. Based on regional climate and soil type, the Estate identified four varieties that should provide quality yields for the project. ...

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Biofuels Center announces 2012-2013 grants program, targets western NC

The Biofuels Center of North Carolina is currently accepting Requests for Proposals for the 2012-2013 grants program, Strengthening Feedstocks, Production, and Products in Western North Carolina. ...

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EPA sets biodiesel volume for 2013 at 1.28 billion gallons

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took action to establish the amount of biodiesel products required to be included in the nation's diesel fuel markets in 2013. ...

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World's first commercial-scale, advanced biofuels facility near completion

The Chemtex biofuels plant in Crescentino, Italy—similar to the project planned in Sampson County, N.C.—will produce approximately 20 million gallons of ethanol every year from nonfood feedstock crops. ...

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Raleigh wastewater treatment plant moves forward with biofuels project

Funded by the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, a pilot program at the Neuse River Wastewater Treatment Plant (Raleigh, N.C.) could interest other treatment plant managers in growing biofuels crops and defraying costs. ...

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Did You Know?

First-generation ethanol has a 78-percent smaller carbon footprint than gasoline, and cellulosic ethanol has a 94-percent smaller carbon footprint than gasoline. Source: Michigan State University

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BioNetwork director Doug Drabble discusses his organization’s role as a targeted service provider for the Biofuels Company Accelerator with Biofuels Center communications manager Shane Reese.

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17-19 October 2012
Washington, D.C.

North Carolina League of Municipalities 2012 Annual Conference
21-23 October 2012
Charlotte, N.C.

Advanced Biofuels Markets: The Race for Scale
29-31 October 2012
San Francisco, Calif.

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo
27-29 November 2012
Houston, Texas

Biofuels Center Board of Directors gains new members

During 2012-2013, 32 board members will guide the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, the state’s lead agency for biofuels development. ...

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Biofuels Center convenes Western North Carolina Biofuels Advisory Council

The initial meeting of the Western North Carolina Biofuels Advisory Council focused on the Biofuels Center’s grants program for 2012-2013, which will specifically target the western region of the state. ...

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Patterson Science Center approves demonstration plot

The Patterson Science Center, in partnership with the Patterson Foundation and the Caldwell Green Commission, recently approved the establishment of a biofuels feedstock crop demonstration plot on the Patterson Campus in Caldwell County, N.C. ...

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