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Biofuels Headline - January 2012

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Green Biofuel Superstation
In collaboration with military partners, Fort Bragg built the Green Biofuel Superstation (above) to serve its flex-fuel fleet and other military-owned equipment. Learn more about the military's mission to reduce its petroleum consumption in this month's Industry Spotlight, and learn about how the Biofuels Center is assisting the military in meeting its renewable energy goals in this month's podcast. 
Biofuels Industry Spotlight

 Fort Bragg and all other U.S. military posts worldwide are under a directive by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to substantially reduce petroleum consumption beginning with its non-tactical fleet. The overall goal is to reduce consumption by 30 percent by 2020 using 2005 as the baseline year for comparison. Fort Bragg is on target to reduce non-tactical petroleum consumption by over 50 percent by 2013. In addition, the 2005 Energy Policy Act’s mobile source emission reduction targets can be met and exceeded with Fort Bragg’s fossil fuel reductions. The effort is driven by a Presidential Executive Order and specific Department of Defense directives to address the realization that fossil fuel dependence is a paramount national security and national economic security issue.

In order to comply with and support these directives, Fort Bragg partnered with the Defense Energy Supply Center and the Army Petroleum Center to construct the Green Biofuel Superstation to serve its flex-fuel fleet and other military-owned equipment. The station will substantially reduce its petroleum consumption and carbon emissions, as bio-based fuels are considered carbon-neutral. Including diesel-powered vehicles, the number of flex-fuel vehicles has been maximized—approximately 1,200 vehicles are now flex-fuel—as older standard vehicles are replaced.

In addition to green fuel efforts, the station itself is an exercise in efficiency and sustainability. Solar lighting brightens the station, while state-of-the-art oil and water separators properly contain the inevitable spill. Furthermore, fuel storage tanks feature a continuous agitation system keeping fuels blended as specified, as fuel quality is critical to the military. In regard to lessening environmental impact, the station siting was done in compliance with protecting wildlife, and stormwater retention is on-site rather than utilizing the stormwater system.

Fort Bragg is excited to be part of the process of bring domestically produced, bio-based energy resources into the transportation fuels industry.
To find out more, call Charles Young at 910.907.1818.

Biofuels Center News

 Making biofuels grow, glow (Charlotte Observer)
The company wants to use its findings to boost crop yield and strength, which is an objective in line with the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, a General Assembly-funded endeavor that supports biofuels production statewide... 

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Biofuels Company Accelerator opens for business
The Biofuels Company Accelerator, co-located at the Center in Oxford, provides emerging biofuels-related technology businesses with labs and an environment to support their start-up phases... 

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Congress renews commitment to support alternative fuels for military use
Hard work by many members of the North Carolina congressional delegation, working in concert with Biofuels Center staff, was necessary to achieve this outcome...

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Center to commission second biofuels jobs survey
The Center is asking all organizations engaged in activities related to the biofuels sector to please participate in the short annual survey, which can be completed in fewer than 10 minutes...

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Center presents at January soil science conference
Earlier in January, Biofuels Center staff and partners participated in the annual Soil Science Society of North Carolina meeting...

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Center assists with national 4-H biofuels curriculum development

The curriculum development is being led by North Carolina due to its strong program, good agricultural universities and extension services, and biofuels leadership as a result of programs already rolled out by the Biofuels Center and other organizations...

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North Carolina Biofuels News


Report: Cellulosic ethanol holds promise for jobs  (Novozymes and Bloomberg New Energy Finance)
Replacing 10 percent of the world's gasoline consumption with farm waste-based ethanol by 2030 would create up to 2.4 million man-years of employment, including 684,800 man-years in construction, and 251,700 in plant operations, according to a report from Novozymes and Bloomberg New Energy Finance...

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American Ethanol gears up for 2012 NASCAR season, continues partnership with NC-based team (Domestic Fuel)
American Ethanol is gearing up for the 2012 NASCAR season with a renewed commitment to the sport that spotlights racing on 15-percent ethanol fuel...

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Forsyth Tech set to open Transportation Technology Center (North Carolina Department of Commerce)
The transformation of the former Pinebrook Shopping Center into Forsyth Technical Community College’s Transportation Technology Center was officially unveiled according to a press release from the college...

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Farmers launch new biodiesel marketing campaign (Raleigh News & Observer)
As the Triangle is one of nine areas across the country with "Clean City Coalitions," prepare to hear a lot more about biodiesel as a go-to alternative fuel...

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News Around the Globe

DuPont teams with NexSteppe to develop biofuels feedstock crops (Bloomberg Businessweek)
NexSteppe, based in Malibu, Ca., develops breeding programs for sorghum and switchgrass, which can be converted into biofuels...   

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USDA to lend $25 million to waste-to-ethanol facility (Des Moines Register)   
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it has made a conditional $25 million loan guarantee for a $59.5 million biorefinery plant that will produce 3.6 million gallons of ethanol annually from municipal solid waste and other industrial pulps... 

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EPA: Ethanol production expected to grow in 2012  (Governors' Biofuels Coalition)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said ethanol production in 2012 should reach 15.2 billion gallons, an increase of about 1.25 billion gallons from 2011... 

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Biodiesel company to develop algae farm (World Fishing) 

World Health Energy recently acquired GNE-India, an algae technology company, to grow algae quickly and efficiently for the production of biodiesel and commercial fish food protein...

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Ferrari FF adds horsepower, lowers emissions with E85 (Gas 2.0)
The improvements add up to 875 horsepower, and while speed tests have not happened yet, the tuners estimate that the E85-powered Ferrari will hit 0-62 mph in fewer than three seconds...

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Biofuels Education Spotlight

The North Carolina New Schools Project (NCNSP) seeks to transform secondary schools and school districts so that every student graduates ready for college, careers, and life. As a statewide public-private partnership, NCNSP partners with school districts, businesses, and higher education to link innovation in education to the new economy of the 21st century. Working with school districts, businesses, and higher education partners, NCNSP provides ongoing guidance and coaching grounded in a set of tested design principles to guide successful education innovation and powerful teaching and learning. Through these collaborations to link schools with business and higher education, NCNSP works to connect especially with industries related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Biofuels Center serves as an advisor to NCNSP’s STEM networks through its membership on the Industry Innovation Council.

Since its establishment in 2003, NCNSP has joined with more than 70 of North Carolina’s 115 local school districts and higher education partners to open or redesign over 120 schools, establish networks of schools, as well as regional schools and career academies. NCNSP is a not-for-profit professional services agency with funding from corporations, foundations, and individual donors as well as local, state, and federal grants. Through collaborative efforts, the organization accelerates systemic, sustainable innovation in secondary education across North Carolina.

NCNSP is changing education at the middle and high school level by: (1) linking education innovation to workforce and economic development, specifically in fields related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; (2) developing networks of STEM schools that incorporate themes of biotechnology and agriscience, health and life science, energy and sustainability, and aerospace, advanced manufacturing, and security; (3) ensuring rigorous, relevant, and engaging learning experiences for all students by building human capital to cultivate instructional leaders at the classroom-, school-, and district-level; (4) establishing networks of schools that share best practice and use peer-to-peer support to benchmark and improve performance; and (5) focusing on the needs of underrepresented students, including those from low-income, minority, and first-generation college-going families, who must achieve success if North Carolina is to remain competitive in today’s economy.

Visit the NCNSP website or the FutureReady blog for more information.


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.

STARworks NC
STARworks is a center for creative enterprise designed to serve the creative, agricultural, and alternative energy sectors of the regional economy...

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Farm to Fly Initiave
The USDA, Boeing, and the Air Transport Association of America are working together to accelerate the availability of commercially viable and sustainable aviation biofuels in the U.S. to increase domestic energy security, establish regional supply chains, and support rural development...

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GFR Forestry Consultants
GFR Forestry Consultants has provided comprehensive forest and land management services to individuals, investors, corporations, institutions, and governments since 1964...

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XNRG trades in and develops a certified, high-volume, low-cost, sustainable supply chain for aviation biofuels...

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Avoca Inc.
Starting out as a research facility for RJR Tobacco, Avoca Inc. is an agricultural biotechnology company based in eastern North Carolina...

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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?
In 2011, the U.S. produced 802 million gallons of biodiesel, which is more than double 2010 production of 315 million gallons and far ahead of the previous all-time record of 690 million gallons in 2008. (Source: U.S. Biodiesel Board)


  Biofuels Center Podcast
Terry Carter, Biofuels Center director of eastern and military partnerships and retired U.S. Coast Guard captain,  breaks down Project Eastern Biofuels   with Biofuels Center communications manager Shane Reese.

  Biofuels Term to Know
  Lignin is the major non-carbohydrate, polymeric structural constituent of wood and other native plant material that encrusts the cell walls and cements the cells together...

  Biofuels Feedstock Profile
Lipids are any group of organic compounds—including fats, oils, waxes, sterols, and triglycerides—that are insoluble in water but soluble in nonpolar organic solvents...

  Biofuels Event Calendar

22-24 February 2012 -
Renewable Fuels Assocation's National Ethanol Conference
Orlando, Fla.

8 March 2012 -
NewEnergy Farms Energy Crop Open Day
Leamington, Canada

16-19 March 2012 -
International Biomass Conference & Expo
Denver, Colo.

30 March 2012 -
NewEnergy Farms Energy Crop Open Day
Leamington, Canada

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