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N.C. Department of Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco (center) and department staffer Dallas Hardenbrook (left) visit with Chemtex executive vice president Paolo Carollo (right) at the Chemtex biofuels facility in Crescentino, Italy, last month. Chemtex plans to build a similar facility in Sampson County, N.C., producing 20 million gallons of biofuels annually from locally grown feedstock crops. Click here
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North Carolina's Growing Strengths: Custom Equipment Solutions (CESCO)
Custom Equipment Solutions (CESCO) is a Matthews, N.C.-based company that offers a complete line of equipment and modular process systems for the production of second- and third-generation biofuels, including cellulosic ethanol and biodiesel. CESCO’s capabilities include the engineering and design-build aspects of equipment and modular system supply of pilot plant, demonstration-scale, and large-scale biofuels production. CESCO works closely with design-build partner Integrated Process Engineers & Constructors, Inc.
for the project execution phases of their projects.
On a recent developmental pilot-scale cellulosic ethanol project, CESCO was involved in supplying a laboratory with turnkey seed fermenter systems. These systems are utilized by a major facility in North Carolina to develop next-generation enzymes, which provide the critical conversion step for turning sugars from cellulosic sources into ethanol. The systems include modular stainless steel laboratory benches with integrated mixer and fermenter systems. The system also incorporates all the pre-piped utility systems, including steam and clean-in-place (CIP) capability. ... + Read more