2009 Awards

Biodiesel Pilot Plant Demonstration & Outreach Program - N.C. Solar Center

Funding recipient:  North Carolina Solar Center, Wake County

Award amount:  $198,385

Biodiesel producers in North Carolina have used North Carolina State University personnel for technical and business evaluation support over the past six years. In conjunction with these support services, a well-instrumented 150 gallon pilot plant has been built at the Lake Wheeler University Field Laboratory. Upgrading this pilot plant for additional capability allows students to explore methods of obtaining optimum methanol recovery, reduce water and energy consumption via improved wet and dry cleanup processes, develop novel techniques for processing waste oil resources, and demonstrate essential analytical technologies to provide for good process quality control for biodiesel processing while reducing the atmospheric volatile organic air emissions and waste water stream discharges. These improvements allow the Renewable Energy Technology Diploma Series to improve the hands-on portion of the existing course from the current “garage” system to an instrumented pilot plant which reflects commercial practices.  Through this project NCSU is working with several biodiesel producers in North Carolina to improve their operating capabilities by demonstrating better approaches for some of the industry processing challenges.

Leveraged funds reported: $86,000
North Carolina counties benefiting from this project: Chatham, Lenoir, Wake, and Wilson

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