2008 Awards

STARworks Biofuels Production Facility - Central Park North Carolina

Funding recipient:  Central Park North Carolina, Star, NC

Award amount:  $148,800

Central Park NC is a nonprofit organization designed to bring sustainable, environmentally-sound economic development to rural North Carolina while preserving the beauty and heritage of its small towns and farming communities.  STARworks Biofuels is a part of the CPNC’s STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise, a hybrid business incubator focused on the creative arts, sustainable agriculture, and sustainable energy.  This grant funded a biodiesel production facility to fuel the state’s only public access glass studio as well as other STARworks operations.

STARworks Biofuels collects waste vegetable oil from local restaurants and produces biodiesel fuel using a 500 gallon jacketed batch reactor with methanol recovery.  They are organizing a biodiesel coop and will provide fuel to members in the near future.  Waste heat from the glass studio provides the heat necessary to produce biodiesel, thereby reducing manufacturing costs and the energy footprint at the plant.

From the primary entrance into the STARworks Biodiesel plant, visitors first see the fuel verification tank, ion exchange column, and wash tank on the left.  The yellow fuel pump/meter on the right dispenses biodiesel beside the loading dock door.

Leveraged funds reported: $25,000
North Carolina counties benefiting from this project: Montgomery

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