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Biofuels Headline - May 2013

 

Biofuels Headline - May 2013

 
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Biofuels Center of North Carolina president and CEO Steven Burke (standing) moderates the biofuels panel discussion at the 10th Annual Sustainable Energy Conference on 17 April 2013 in Raleigh. The panel was represented by key business and policy leaders in North Carolina’s biofuels sector, including Novozymes North America, Piedmont Biofuels, Chemtex International, N.C. Farm Bureau, and N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR). Read in this month’s Biofuels Headline about a commercial-scale biofuels project just announced last week involving Chemtex and Novozymes. (Seated from left: Paul Sherman, Air and Energy Programs Director, North Carolina Farm Bureau; Adam Monroe, President, Novozymes North America; Rachel Burton, Co-founder, Piedmont Biofuels; Brad Ives, Assistant Secretary for Natural Resources, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Paolo Carollo, Executive Vice President, Chemtex International.)


North Carolina's Growing Strengths: Triangle Biofuels Industries

Based in Wilson, Triangle Biofuels Industries produces biodiesel derived primarily from waste vegetable oils (WVO) obtained from local sources. Its target markets are agricultural, marine, residential, governmental, and commercial diesel consumers looking for cleaner diesel alternatives to fossil fuels. Triangle Biofuels’ production facility became fully operational in April 2008, produced approximately 1.25 million gallons of 100-percent, ASTM-certified biodiesel in 2012, and has the potential to produce 3 million gallons per year. The company expects to produce around 2 million gallons in 2013.

As one of the few biodiesel plants operating in eastern North Carolina, Triangle Biofuels invests significant effort in outreach to agricultural and off-road diesel customers educating them about the health and performance benefits of biodiesel. TBI collects WVO from numerous municipal and county schools, solid waste facilities, and wastewater treatment plants in a cooperative agreement to encourage recycling and help reduce buildup of fats, oils, and greases (FOG) in municipal sewers. Not only does this collection process produce biofuels, it helps turn waste streams into sustainable, highly efficient systems. ...

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BlackGold Biofuels of Charlotte opens facility to recycle trap grease into biofuels

BlackGold Biofuels of Charlotte has opened an innovative recycling facility for local restaurant kitchens’ wastewater, cleaning up the water and recovering a biofuel in the process. ...

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Eastern NC schools earn cash from waste-to-biofuels partnership program

At the start of the academic year, Pitt County Schools partnered with Green Circle North Carolina to turn used cooking oil into cash for schools, and that partnership is now paying off. ...

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Canergy selects Chemtex, Beta Renewables for cellulosic biofuels facility

Canergy announced last week it will partner with Wilmington, N.C.-based Chemtex International and Beta Renewables for the deployment of a commercial-scale, cellulosic biofuels project to be located in the Imperial Valley of California. ...

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NASCAR increases horsepower, performance with two seasons of E15

After two seasons and millions of miles of racing, NASCAR teams report increased horsepower and performance in their race cars and trucks using E15, a 15-percent biofuels blend. ...

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Almost 90 percent of oil from the Middle East will be drawn to Asia by 2035, according to a recent International Energy Agency (IEA) forecast.

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In this month's podcast, Terry Godwin of GFR Forestry Consultants talks about the Biofuels Center's new recruitment tool for attracting wood-to-fuel technologies to North Carolina.

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US dominates global cellulosic ethanol market

According to a recent report, the U.S. is the world's top producer of cellulosic ethanol, and commercial-scale facilities are anticipated to take off later this year and 2014. ...

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Virent delivers drop-in jet fuel to US Air Force 

Technology company Virent announced last week the delivery of its drop-in jet fuel, produced from 100-percent renewable plant sugars, to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) for testing purposes. ...

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car gifts $2M to university for biofuels, biomass research

St. Louis-based Enterprise Rent-A-Car recently announced a $2 million gift to the University of Missouri to fund research related to biofuels, biomass, and energy efficiency. ...

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