Oxford Biodiesel Plant
The Oxford Biodiesel Plant, the first operational facility for pilot and demonstration on North Carolina’s Biofuels Campus, was commissioned in May 2012. Operated by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' (NCDA&CS) Oxford Tobacco Research Station, the plant is capable of producing 35,000 gallons of high quality biodiesel per year from virgin or recycled fats and oils. Feedstocks to date have included recycled cooking oil from the State Fair and other events, and oils from crops grown and crushed on site.
The plant includes 15,000 gallons of storage capacity in a 1,200-square-foot tank farm, nearly 3,200 square feet of heated space for current operations and future expansion, and a contiguous laboratory space with basic wet chemistry capabilities for in-process analysis and quality control. A truck-accessible warehouse space with forklift loader is available for storage, as is a five-ton per day extruder for oilseed crushing.
The Oxford Biodiesel Plant is an important resorurce for research and development of innovations for biodiesel production such as novel catalysts, improved processes, and new feedstocks. Feedstock trial plots are also available on North Carolina’s Biofuels Campus by arrangement with the NCDA&CS; crops including camelina, soybeans, sunflowers, sesame, and rapeseed have been grown. In addition to being a working biodiesel facility, the plant serves as an important educational resource for farmers and the public.
For more information about the Oxford Biodiesel Plant, please contact:
Leif Forer, Civic and Small-scale Biofuels Manager
901 Hillsboro Street
Oxford, NC 27565
919-693-3000, X 252