Biofuels Headline Newsletter

Biofuels Headline - November 2012


Biofuels Headline - November 2012


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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. For information about the Bob Slocum Forestry Communication Scholarship Fund, click here.

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. ...

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Renewable fuels take root in NC, says Biofuels Center president

"America and North Carolina have a clear imperative to augment imported, carbon-emitting, politically destabilizing and unsteadily priced petroleum-based liquid fuels with increased production of renewable biofuels," says W. Steven Burke, president and CEO of the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, in an op-ed published in the Asheville Citizen-Times. ...

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Biofuels Center to host civic and small-scale biofuels event in Greensboro

On 13 December 2012, the Biofuels Center will host its second annual civic and small-scale biofuels convening at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. ...

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Beta Renewables, Novozymes forge unprecedented strategic partnership

The partners will offer customers looking to produce biofuels from agricultural residues, energy crops, and other cellulosic feedstocks a combination of Novozymes’ Cellic enzymes and Beta Renewables’ PROESA engineering and production technology, both instrumental in Project Alpha, the cellulosic biofuels facility to be constructed in North Carolina. ...

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RTI breaks ground on new biofuels facility designed for $7M research project

RTI International recently began construction on a new 3,000-square-foot energy technology development facility on RTI’s main campus in Research Triangle Park, N.C. ...

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Did You Know?

Increased use of biofuels is the best way to cut emissions from the transportation sector, according to one of the world's largest energy companies, Shell. Source: Petroleum Economist

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Steve Wall, Biofuels Center director of policy and environmental issues, talks about North Carolina's commitment to responsible biomass management with Biofuels Center communications manager Shane Reese.

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NC A&T earns National Science Foundation funding to open Bioenergy Center

The research, education, and industry partnerships emerging from the Bioenergy Center at North Carolina A&T State University are expected to move North Carolina and the Southeast closer to leadership in the bioenergy industry. ...

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Novozymes, BIO launch coalition to support RFS

The Fuels America coalition—which includes organizations such as Novozymes, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), 25x’25, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), and others—has come together to support the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).. ...

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Biofuels Center president to address international green energy conference in Greensboro

Biofuels Center of North Carolina president and CEO W. Steven Burke will present at North Carolina A&T State University's "Third Annual Conference on Green and Sustainable Technology," an international event on 15 November 2012 in Greensboro. ...

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