Biofuels Headline Newsletter

Biofuels Headline - April 2013

Biofuels Headline - April 2013

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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 to learn more about woody biomass and other biofuels feedstock crops appropriate for North Carolina.

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. ...

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Biofuels Center boosts renewable fuels industry in western NC with $600K investment

Six project awards are made through the 2012-2013 targeted biofuels development funding program, entitled Catalyzing Production in Western North Carolina, which utilizes a portion of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) settlement funds directed to the Center by the North Carolina General Assembly in the 2012 legislative session. ...

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US can cut gasoline use in half by 2030 with biofuels, efficiencies

A March 2013 report published by the National Academy of Sciences looks at next-generation biofuels from cellulosic materials, including energy grasses and wood waste, that could lead to big reductions in gasoline use and emissions with little new infrastructure needed. ...

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Construction on Clinton biofuels facility could start as early as fall

Construction on a $170 million refinery in Clinton to convert 20 million tons of energy grasses into biofuels each year could start as early as this fall, leading to the creation of more than 300 jobs in the region while helping to reduce reliance on imported oil. ...

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Domtar inaugurates commercial-scale lignin production for renewable fuels, thermoplastics

Domtar Corporation announced recently that it has successfully installed a commercial-scale lignin separation plant at its mill in Plymouth, N.C., the first U.S. facility of its type in over 25 years. ...

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Technology company Chemtex says North Carolina has enough available land to support as many as 15 biorefineries, which could mean 5,000 new jobs and a $2 billion boost to the state's economy. (Source: Fayetteville Observer)

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In this month's podcast, find out how municipal solid waste (MSW) can be efficiently converted into biofuels in North Carolina.

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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.

Earth Day 2013
22 April 2013
Everywhere, Earth

Economic, environmental benefits of biofuels highlighted by RFA president

"Today's ethanol is producing the infrastructurefrom innovative companies to blender pumpsto develop and commercialize the next generation of advanced biofuels, which offer even greater economic and environmental advantages," said Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen. ...

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Study: Double-cropping, residues can be early drivers of cellulosic biofuels industry 

Cellulosic biofuels can become profitable and help displace oil by encouraging farmers to use agricultural residues and engage in double-cropping, according to a study published in March. ...

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Biofuels key to national energy plan, says Novozymes

Renewable fuels are a powerful component in the Administration's plan for a more secure energy future, according to Novozymes, a leader in biotechnology and innovation. ...

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