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Biofuels Headline - October 2011

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Biofuels Image of the Month
State Fair Booth 2011
Students gather around a blender pump located in the Biofuels Center’s exhibit booth at the North Carolina State Fair “Cultivate a Career” tent (18 October 2011). Blender pumps offer consumers more fuel choices, including biofuels blends such as E20 and E30. The “Cultivate a Career” project assisted visitors with career development while helping grow the message of choosing and using locally produced biofuels.  
Biofuels Industry Spotlight

 Piedmont Biofuels is a community-scale biodiesel producer and a pioneer in North Carolina’s emerging biofuels industry. The people at Piedmont Biofuels have been making fuel since 2002 and have experienced many breakthroughs along the way. From opening North Carolina’s first B100 fuel terminal in 2005 to becoming the state’s first and only BQ9000-accredited fuel producer in 2009, they are well-known for their accomplishments and industry leadership. They are one of few producers in the country to have been awarded a “Gold Seal of Approval” from the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance.

Apart from their years of continuous fuel production, Piedmont Biofuels has created an active consulting business that has assisted biodiesel producers on everything from fuel quality to regulatory issues to plant performance. Piedmont Biofuels has also designed and built dozens of small-scale biodiesel production facilities for clients across the United States.

Research and education have long been part of Piedmont Biofuels’ mission. From their creation of cavitational reactor technology to their development of enzymatic catalysis for biodiesel production, they are recognized for their innovation and ability to adapt in an ever-changing biofuels landscape.

Piedmont Biofuels distributes its fuel to oil companies and to six locations of the "B100 Community Trail," which provides fuel to hundreds of Triangle families through a cooperative membership organization.

As an anchor tenant of an eco-industrial park in Pittsboro, N.C., Piedmont Biofuels provides free tours of its facility every Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. and, as such, enjoys thousands of visitors each year.

To learn more about Piedmont Biofuels, visit

Biofuels Center News

 Center seeks grant RFPs for 'Advanced Biofuels Commercialization' program (Biorefining Magazine)
The Center just recently announced its grants program request for proposals for 2012, which will award funding through the Advanced Biofuels Commercialization program... 

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Buncombe County starts unique pilot project
(Biodiesel Magazine)

The Cooking Oil Recycling Program of Buncombe County is a unique pilot project to recycle used cooking oil into biodiesel and keep oils and greases out of the wastewater system...

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Center showcases industry growth, careers at State Fair

The Biofuels Center showcased industry growth and current and future careers in the biofuels sector at the North Carolina State Fair's "Cultivate a Career" tent in Raleigh (13-23 October 2011)...

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Center hosts North Carolina Working Lands Group
In late October, the Biofuels Center hosted a meeting of the North Carolina Working Lands Group. The Working Lands Group is a collaboration among a number of state agencies, military institutions, and non-governmental  organizations...

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Center participates in clean energy partnership
On 17 October in downtown Asheville, after several months of collaboration and analysis, a new energy partnership in western North Carolina was unveiled to over 100 interested people...

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Center staffer to speak at Southeast Biomass Conference

Captain (ret.) Terry Carter, director of eastern and military partnerships at the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, will discuss the military's mission for greater biomass-derived energy at the Southeast Biomass Conference in Atlanta., Ga., on Thursday, 3 November 2011...

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North Carolina Biofuels News


NCSU lands $4M federal grant for biofuels research (WRAL-TV)
Researchers at N.C. State University have landed a $4 million grant to find means of turning wood and residue from forest harvesting into biofuels...

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Patriot BioDiesel expands Greensboro plant capacity (Biodiesel Magazine)
Greensboro, N.C.-based Patriot BioDiesel is expanding its operations in response to increased local demand for biodiesel... 

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Using microscopic algae to solve big fuel problems (N.C. State University Technician)
Sederoff said algae fuels will be the most viable solution to finding a replacement to oil...

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News Around the Globe

Global biofuels market expected to double to $185 billion by 2021, says study (MarketWatch)
Lawrence adds that the biofuels industry is entering a new era of feedstock versatility, product neutrality, and sustainability underpinned by the emergence of advanced conversion pathways and feedstocks...   

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Global biofuels enzymes market to exceed $900 million by 2017, says report (San Francisco Chronicle)   
Latest developments in enzymes technology, especially in the production of cellulosic ethanol, continue to contribute toward rapid growth of the biofuels industry, as stated by a new market research report... 

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Study estimates cellulosic biorefinery's economic impact (Knoxville News Sentinel)
Supporting the local plant, estimated to produce about 50 million gallons of ethanol per year, would be 13 surrounding counties where approximately 76,000 acres of Switchgrass could be grown... 

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Airlines weigh advantages of using more biofuels (The New York Times) 

At least six airlines, including KLM, Lufthansa and Finnair, have now used biofuels on flights carrying passengers...

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Company uses water to convert wood to biofuels (Discovery News)
The company has been operating a demonstration plant in Georgia and is breaking ground on a research facility in Pennsylvania...

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Aviation biofuels prepare to launch (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Inside the muggy greenhouse, sprouting from bubbling salt-water tanks the size of bathtubs, are strange, finger-like, oil-rich plants that may soon power aircraft and launch a new era in flight...

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Toyota develops new yeast for cellulosic ethanol production (Biofuels Journal)
Toyota, with the goal of reducing CO2 emissions and responding to the growing need for diverse sources of energy, is working on developing renewable energy sources such as biofuels in addition to its work in developing next-generation, environment-friendly vehicles...  

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Biofuels Education Spotlight

Since 2002, Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) has been a leader in biofuels education on the East Coast. CCCC offers workshops, continuing education, and curriculum programs to suit the needs of students and industry. CCCC’s focus on sustainable fuel production is at the heart of the program, offering students the opportunity to learn responsible and sustainable fuel production practices.

In Fall 2008, CCCC began offering an associate degree in Alternative Energy Technology: Biofuels. This program is designed to equip students with the skills needed for a career in the growing biofuels industry. The program has been designed to utilize CCCC’s comprehensive biofuels testing lab and production lab to educate students in a wide variety of industry skills.

With funding from N.C. BioNetwork and the North Carolina General Assembly, CCCC has constructed a biofuels testing lab capable of performing analysis of: flash point; free and total glycerin; kinematic viscosity; water and sediment; copper corrosion; sulfated ash; blend percentage; specific gravity; cloud point; cold soak; bound moisture; oxidative stability; carbon residue; methanol content; acid number; and ethanol content.

With support from the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, CCCC constructed a pilot-scale plant capable of producing both biodiesel and ethanol from various feedstocks. The plant has been designed to produce fuel in a variety of ways to suit training needs. The production facility also includes an oilseed-crushing facility and side-stream management equipment. Biofuel produced in the lab is used to run college vehicles and equipment.

For more information about CCCC’s biofuels program, contact Bob Armantrout at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 919.545.8071.


Biofuels Wiki Recent Updates

The Biofuels Wiki is a one-stop, collaborative site where reliable knowledge about liquid renewable fuels can be found—think of it as a biofuels encyclopedia on the Internet. To add or edit content on the site, click here to register.

Triangle J Council of Governments
Triangle J Council of Governments is a voluntary organization of municipal and county governments in North Carolina's Region J...

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Blender pump
A blender pump, or ethanol blender pump, refers to equipment that allows petroleum stations to offer different percentages of blends of ethanol and gasoline...

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L1 AgroSciences
L1 is an agricultural biotechnology company with research operations in RTP, North Carolina...

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The Cooking Oil Recycling Program
The Cooking Oil Recycling (COR) Program is a pilot project started in partnership between Blue Ridge Biofuels, Green Opportunities (GO), and the Metropolitan Sewage District (MSD) of Buncombe County providing used oil recycling services to Asheville and surrounding cities...

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MondoVerde Biofuels
MondoVerde Biofuels, an affiliate of Unified Fuels based in Raleigh, N.C., is a company that produces and sells full-scale biomass processing plants...

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biofuels center logo newsletter The Biofuels Center of North Carolina is developing a sustainable, statewide biofuels industry to reduce North Carolina’s dependence on imported liquid fuels and to create jobs. The goal is to replace 10% of the state’s liquid fuel consumption with home-grown and  -produced biofuels by 2017. Find out more at
  Did You Know?
The U.S. Air Force recently approved F-15 and F-16 fighters and C-17 transport planes to use 50-percent biofuels. (Source: NPR) 

  Biofuels Center Podcast
Biofuels Center communications manager Shane Reese discusses the Center's outreach and education efforts at the North Carolina State Fair with Southern Farm Network radio host Rhonda Garrison.

  Biofuels Term to Know
A blender pump refers to equipment that allows petroleum stations to offer different percentages of blends of ethanol and gasoline...

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  Biofuels Feedstock Profile
Waste vegetable oil, or WVO, is often used for locally produced, small-scale biodiesel production...

  Biofuels Event Calendar

1-3 November 2011 -
Southeast Biomass Conference & Trade Show

Atlanta, Ga.

7 November 2011 -
Green Power Academy: An Introduction to Next Generation Biofuels
San Francisco, Ca.

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