Updates

Congressman Kissell visits Center for briefing

As part of a regional visit, U.S. Congressman Larry Kissell visited the Biofuels Center for a progress update on 6 August 2012.

Congressman Kissell was briefed on the progress of the following topics:

- The status of North Carolina's biofuels endeavor
- Gaining feedstocks and large-scale production
- Gaining civic and small-scale production
- Regional woody biomass assessments
- Military and aviation biofuels production
- North Carolina's Biofuels Campus


Kissell said he was a proponent of cost-effective and sustainable biofuels production in North Carolina and he applauded the Center's work in establishing the state as a national leader in the sector.

Biofuels Center News

 

Biofuels Center to close national model due to state budget elimination

Due to the North Carolina General Assembly's elimination of its funding in the state budget signed last week by Gov. Pat McCrory, the Biofuels Center of North Carolina has begun to shut down operations over a 90-day period and will close its doors by Thursday, 31 October 2013.
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EPA approves Arundo donax for advanced biofuel use

The Environmental Protection Agency has ruled that Arundo donax, a high-yielding giant reed, qualifies as a cellulosic renewable fuel.
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Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/03/3008587/epa-approves-arundo-reed-for-use.html#storylink=cpy



Biofuels Center featured in bioeconomy case study

A new case study, part of the SAFER Bioeconomy Case Study Series, focuses on the development of the Biofuels Center of North Carolina and lessons learned to date.
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Biofuels Center boosts renewable fuels industry in western NC with $600K investment

The Biofuels Center of North Carolina recently awarded $684,058 for six projects to accelerate the renewable fuels industry in western North Carolina.
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Biofuels Center announces 2012-2013 targeted biofuels development funding program, strengthening western NC

The Biofuels Center of North Carolina announced Monday, 4 February 2013, it will award up to $1.1 million for projects that address identified areas of critical need related to the acceleration of the renewable fuels industry in western North Carolina.
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Biofuels Center expands sector development capabilities with $1.14M investment in western NC, enhances innovative opportunities

As a chief component of its 2012-2013 grants award process targeting biofuels development in the western part of the state, the Biofuels Center of North Carolina will award $766,256 to a consortium of partners led by AdvantageWest Economic Development Group to fortify the biofuels sector and trigger its expansion in the region.
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Repreve Renewables announces open info meeting on Freedom Giant Miscanthus, BCAP

Repreve Renewables will hold an open informational meeting on Freedom Giant Miscanthus—a variety of Miscanthus developed by the company for biofuels production—on Wednesday, 1 August 2012, at the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center in Clinton from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the meeting, farmers can learn more about Freedom Giant Miscanthus as a crop, including planting, growing and harvesting practices, pricing, and how it fits into the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) in North Carolina.

With plans to construct the nation’s first cellulosic biofuels facility in Sampson County, Chemtex International was recently awarded support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s BCAP program to grow energy crops, including Switchgrass and Miscanthus, in Sampson and surrounding counties.

Sampson County, Biofuels Center gather farmers for energy crop opportunities

In partnership with the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, Sampson County Cooperative Extension hosted an information session on upcoming energy crop-growing opportunities for local farmers on Thursday, 26 July 2012, at the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center in Clinton. Representatives from the biofuels company Chemtex, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Services Agency (FSA), and the Biofuels Center delivered presentations and facilitate discussion about the upcoming growing opportunities.

With plans to construct the nation’s first cellulosic biofuels facility in Sampson County, Chemtex International was recently awarded support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) to grow energy crops, including Switchgrass and Miscanthus, in Sampson and surrounding counties. The information session addressed the defined window of opportunity to take part in BCAP, as well as crop establishment budgets and revenues. Farmers and landowners were encouraged to sign up to connect with Chemtex and FSA for further supply discussions and contract negotiations.

Strengthening the capabilities statewide for biofuels commercialization is a prime task within the Biofuels Center's legislative and policy mandate, and is key to meeting the state's goal of replacing 10 percent of North Carolina's liquid transportation fuels with biofuels grown and produced within the state.

News 14 interview with Center CEO Steven Burke

News 14 Carolina conducted an interview with Center president and CEO Steven Burke about the significance of the Biofuels Accelerator and Campus launch on 1 May 2012 at their studio in Raleigh. 

 

A video of the interview is on News 14 Carolina's site where it can be streamed. Note, there may be a pre-roll advertisement before the interview and some B-Roll selected by News 14, such as food crops, are a poor match for illustrating North Carolina's planned use of cellulosic biomass for biofuels feedstocks.