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Biofuels Headline - December 2012


Biofuels Headline - December 2012

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Biofuels Image of the Month

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 for a recap on Project Alpha, our biggest story of 2012.

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. ...

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Second annual civic and small-scale biofuels event kicks off next week in Greensboro

Leaders from North Carolina and the Southeast will share their experiences with local biofuels production at the event hosted by the Biofuels Center at NC A&T's Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering on 13 December 2012. ...

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Biofuels Center develops initial positioning report

Based on early ideas and exploration of long-term biofuels projects taking shape at six sites across the state, the Biofuels Center published the report Initial Positioning of Biofuels in North Carolina: Exploring Areas for Growing, Feedstocks, and Production. ...

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Biofuels Center president delivers speech at TEDx Raleigh event

In his speech entitled "Civic Challenge: Making New Fuels Makes New Places," Biofuels Center president and CEO W. Steven Burke discusses the societal implications of cleaner fuels at a TEDx Raleigh event in November. ...

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NC jumps into top 10 for clean energy jobs in third quarter

Nearly 11,000 clean energy jobs were created in the third quarter of 2012 and North Carolina jumped into the top 10, according to a recent report. ...

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Domestic ethanol production helped create 90,200 direct jobs in 2011. Source: Renewable Fuels Association

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Sam Brake, Biofuels Center director of farming, discusses his upcoming feedstock crop harvest and what it could mean for North Carolina biofuels production with Biofuels Center communications manager Shane Reese.

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Biofuels Center seeks director of government and external affairs

The director of government and external affairs represents the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, implements North Carolina's Strategic Plan for Biofuels Leadership, and serves as a key conduit to government, institutional, public, and other appropriate parties. ...

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Waste-to-fuel technologies approach viability

Officials at two companies that have built multimillion-dollar factories say they are very close beginning large-scale, commercial production of cellulosic biofuels, and others are predicting success in the months to come. ...

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NC-based Verdante launches mobile app for bioenergy sector

Specifically constructed as a tool to make bioenergy projects easier to develop, the BioEnergy Pro app enables professionals in biomass, biodiesel, ethanol, and biochemicals to more easily connect with the equipment and services they need to complete project timelines. ...

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