2008 Awards

Building a Bio-Refinery - Piedmont Biofuels, LLC

Funding recipient:  Piedmont Biofuels Industrial, LLC, Pittsboro, NC

Loan amount:  $250,000

The Biofuels Center of North Carolina loaned $250,000 to Piedmont Biofuels Industrial, LLC, for equipment to build a “bio-refinery” at their Pittsboro, NC biodiesel facility.  For every five gallons of biodiesel fuel the facility produces, it creates approximately one gallon of a previously unusable mixture of water, free fatty acids, methanol, and crude glycerin.  Disposal of this by-product increases production cost.  The new bio-refinery separates the component ingredients into usable co-products, turning a cost center into a profit center.  Because of this loan, Piedmont Biofuels is not only reducing their own by-product waste, but has extra capacity to refine biodiesel by-products from other facilities.  In addition, they openly share information to help other biodiesel producers in the state incorporate this process into their own facilities.

Equipment funded by the Biofuels Center of North Carolina allows Piedmont Biofuels Industrial, LLC
to separate biodiesel production byproducts into useable component parts.

North Carolina counties benefiting from this project: Anson, Chatham, Columbus, and New Hanover

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