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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. ... + Read more