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The Biofuels Center pays tribute to Bob Slocum (center), executive vice president of the North Carolina Forestry Association (NCFA) and member of the Biofuels Center Board of Directors, who passed away on 16 October 2012. Pictured above at a charity event, Mr. Slocum provided leadership to both the forestry and biofuels communities, guiding NCFA for more than 20 years and serving as a steering committee member for North Carolina’s Strategic Plan for Biofuels Leadership
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North Carolina's Growing Strengths: REPREVE Renewables
Formed in 2010, Greensboro, N.C.-based REPREVE Renewables is a commercial supplier of Giant Miscanthus, an energy grass with prime potential for biofuels production. The company’s variety, Freedom Giant Miscanthus, is an energy grass developed for superior yield in the southeastern United States, a crop that grows with low inputs and on low-quality soils. With a stand life of more than 10-15 years, the grass can grow to more than 12 feet and can yield up to 20 tons per acre annually. For the southeastern U.S., it is a viable crop for liquid renewable fuels, biomass power, and as a source of renewable chemicals and plastics.
A perennial, non-invasive crop, Giant Miscanthus has long been considered a superior renewable energy crop but one that is expensive to get established. The mission of Repreve Renewables is to break down barriers to planting viable biofuel feedstocks on a commercial scale. Over the last several years, the company has developed planting systems, agronomic practices, harvesting techniques, and storage strategies to make Freedom Giant Miscanthus a truly commercial crop. ... + Read more