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Biofuels Headline - March 2013


Biofuels Headline - March 2013

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Biofuels Center and N.C. Department of Agriculture staff collaborate to establish Switchgrass seedlings in greenhouses at North Carolina’s Biofuels Campus in Oxford. These seedlings will later be planted at biomass demonstration plots across the state, and starting them in the greenhouse environment and transplanting them to the field may guarantee more first-year production than direct planting methods. Click here to contact the Center about establishing a biomass demonstration plot in your city or town, and read about other efforts to establish perennial energy grasses in this month's North Carolina's Growing Strengths feature.

North Carolina's Growing Strengths: The Perennial Grass Grower Assistance Program

The Perennial Grass Grower Assistance program was established in 2011 by N.C. State University with funding by the Biofuels Center of North Carolina to support the expansion of biomass acreage in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. The program provides direct assistance to farmers and landowners by providing minimal cost to access equipment, crop materials, and labor to support the establishment of perennial biomass. Biomass types that can be established under this program are Switchgrass and Giant Miscanthus. Each grass should provide a 10-year minimum of biomass production following establishment with yields of more than seven dry tons per acre annually.

The impetus for this program is that the cost of establishing perennial grasses is the most expensive aspect of biomass production. Markets for these biomass materials are still emerging and the initial economic return opportunities may be marginal in the immediate years after establishment, so the Perennial Grass Grower Assistance program aims to spur grass production in the Piedmont at reduced costs. ...

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Chemtex/Beta Renewables sees 2015 as boom year for cellulosic biofuels

New commercial-scale, cellulosic biofuels production coming on line this year promises explosive industry growth by 2015, Beta Renewables chief executive Guido Ghisolfi said to Reuters recently. ...

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Biofuels Center expands Campus web presence, highlights world-class facilities

In an effort to increase awareness of facilities and resources that are available for potential industry partners at North Carolina’s Biofuels Campus, the Biofuels Center of North Carolina recently added content to the Campus website that features the unique advantages of the 426-acre campus dedicated to biofuels sector development. ...

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Giant Reed safe from noxious weed list, says NC Board of Agriculture

Giant Reed, a perennial cane that can produce 20 dry tons of biomass per acre annually for biofuels production, has been declared safe from the N.C. Board of Agriculture's noxious weed list. ...

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NC Solar Center earns award to increase alternative fuel solutions statewide

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is supporting efforts led by the N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University to expand the use of alternative fuel and advanced vehicle technologies with a $500,000 award for the two-year Alternative Fuel Implementation Team (AFIT) for North Carolina Project. ...

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Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates that by 2030, advanced biofuels could displace up to 16 percent of U.S. gasoline consumption, generate $600 billion in revenue, and create 1.4 million jobs.  Source: Triangle Business Journal

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Dean Price, principal of Green Circle North Carolina, talks about the company's Biodiesel 4 Schools fundraising program implemented in several counties across the state.

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North Carolina's Eastern Region Annual State of the Region
14 March 2013
Greenville, N.C.

2013 BioEnergy Symposium
9 April 2013
Charlotte, N.C.

International Biomass Conference and Expo
8-10 April 2013
Minneapolis, Minn.

10th Annual Sustainable Energy Conference
15-17 April 2013
Raleigh, N.C.

Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference
15-17 April 2013
Washington, D.C.

NC ranked No. 1 in creating green jobs in Q4, report says

North Carolina led the nation in the fourth quarter of 2012and ranked second for the entire yearin clean-energy and clean-transportation jobs, according to Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). ...

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Global ethanol market to reach $98.5B by 2017, study finds

The global fuel ethanol market has experienced significant growth over the last five years and is expected to continue its growth momentum, reaching approximately $98.5 billion by 2017, says a report published by international market research firm Lucintel. ...

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MSU researchers develop plant with oily leaves to enhance biofuels production

The results, published in the current issue of The Plant Cell, the journal of the American Society of Plant Biologists, show that researchers could use an algae gene involved in oil production to develop a plant that stores lipids or vegetable oil in its leaves. ...

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