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A Duke University researcher stands with Oregon State University Poplar trees planted last month at North Carolina’s Biofuels Campus in Oxford. Several soft hardwood species are being tested for viability in North Carolina, including Poplars and Cottonwoods, as they offer prime characteristics needed for advanced biofuels production in this state. Click here
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North Carolina's Growing Strengths: BlackGold Biofuels of Charlotte
BlackGold Biofuels of Charlotte, located in Charlotte, N.C., specializes in resource recovery from wastewater streams, focusing on the recycling of fat, oil, and grease-laden wastewaters from commercial kitchens and food processors. BlackGold uses the best available technologies to recover the highest economic and environmental value from these waste streams.
This innovative recycling facility in Charlotte receives grease trap waste that is generated in commercial kitchens during dishwashing and food preparation from local wastewater haulers. BlackGold removes trash and food particles from this wastewater and then extracts and purifies the recovered animal and vegetable fats, oils, and grease. The recovered oils are utilized in the production of biofuels, which offsets the use of petroleum-based fuels and strengthens regional energy security and domestic energy independence. The operating facility is fully permitted by state and local agencies.
The BlackGold facility reduces the burden on the region’s wastewater treatment plants by cleaning the water after it has been discharged from the commercial restaurants and before it reaches the local wastewater treatment plant. ... + Read more