2009 Awards

Reducing Natural Resource Impacts Related to Biodiesel Production - Carolina Land & Lakes RC&D

Funding recipient:  Carolina Land & Lakes RC&D, Newton

Award amount:  $180,496


A non-profit organization, a small business, North Carolina State University, and local governments partnered to use funding from the Biofuels Center of North Carolina to improve production while making it more environmentally friendly. Carolina Land & Lakes RC&D, supported by the Caldwell County Commissioners, the City of Lenoir, the Caldwell County Green Commission, Cooperative Extension and North Carolina State University, is working with a local biodiesel refiner, Foothills Bio-Energies in Lenoir, NC, to reduce land and water resource impacts related to biodiesel production.  This project implements technologies to minimize impacts and assist with developing a model project for combustion of crude glycerol using a process recently developed at North Carolina State University.  These efforts are important to the growth of a sustainable biodiesel industry in the state, both in terms of impact to the environment as well as finding value-added uses for the crude glycerol by-product.

North Carolina counties benefiting from this project: Caldwell and Catawba

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