Biofuel http://wunc.org en NC State Researchers Develop Cheap Biofuel Production Without Touching Food Supply http://wunc.org/post/nc-state-researchers-develop-cheap-biofuel-production-without-touching-food-supply <p></p><p>As corn prices rise and ethanol production competes with food sources, the energy industry is looking for other ways to produce biofuels.</p><p></p><p>Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a simple, efficient and inexpensive way to extract energy-rich cellulose from non-edible plant matter, like corn husks, grasses, and wood chips.</p><p></p><p>PhD student Ezinne Achinivu &nbsp;says labs often run into trouble trying to remove a protective material called lignin. It's bonded to the cellulose, but hinders its efficiency.</p><p></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:47:46 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 28599 at http://wunc.org NC State Researchers Develop Cheap Biofuel Production Without Touching Food Supply Biofuels Conference In Greensboro http://wunc.org/post/biofuels-conference-greensboro <p>In Greensboro, a day-long conference today will look at developing and improving new kinds of fuel. The Biofuels Center is bringing together a collection of small business owners, educators and environmentalists. A series of panel discussions will share ideas about forms of sustainable energy, bio fuels and the advantages to local economies. Leif Forer is manager of the Civic and Small-Scale Biofuels Center.</p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 14:45:00 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 6223 at http://wunc.org US Ag Secretary Talks Biofuel In North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/us-ag-secretary-talks-biofuel-north-carolina <p>The U.S. Secretary of agriculture came to North Carolina to push a plan that may further decrease America's dependence on foreign oil.<br><br><strong>Gurnal Scott:</strong> USDA secretary Tom Vilsack stood outside the Biofuel Center of North Carolina in Oxford to encourage a new standard in domestically-produced fuel. Vilsack says an E-15 ethanol blend, 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, will not only further wean the country from foreign oil but also create jobs. Vilsack says this should be attractive to farm families.<br> Fri, 04 May 2012 13:10:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 2609 at http://wunc.org Raleigh Gets Its First Alternative Fuel Station http://wunc.org/post/raleigh-gets-its-first-alternative-fuel-station <p>People who live in the Raleigh area and want to use alternative fuels for their cars or trucks have a new choice. A station on New Bern Avenue opens today with both E-85 ethanol blend and bio-diesel available. It's the first of its kind in the state capital. Anne Tazewell is the transportation manager for the North Carolina Solar Center at N-C State. She says alternative fuel stations are slowly spreading across the state.<br> Wed, 16 Nov 2011 18:45:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 7209 at http://wunc.org Camp Lejeune Gets Biofuel Made in NC http://wunc.org/post/camp-lejeune-gets-biofuel-made-nc <p>Marines at Camp Lejeune are welcoming the shipment of locally-produced biofuel. 800 gallons were delivered today as a demonstration of the capability of biofuel in North Carolina. The delivery is part of the efforts of the North Carolina Eastern Region's Military Growth Task Force. George Miller is the Program Manager for the Food and Fuel Program for the task force. He says the crop was grown in eastern North Carolina in Jones and Craven Counties, turned into 100 percent biofuel at the Piedmont Biofuels refinery in Pittsboro, then sent to Potter Oil back east.<br> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 21:10:00 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 8335 at http://wunc.org Wake Tech Holds Biodiesel Workshop http://wunc.org/post/wake-tech-holds-biodiesel-workshop <p dir="ltr" style="margin-right: 0px;">Wake Technical Community College is holding a two-day bio-diesel workshop this week. Students will learn how to convert waste vegetable oil into bio-diesel using the college’s new 40-gallon processor. Rich Cregar, an instructor in Automotive Systems Technology, started the course four years ago as part of a state-wide project to incorporate sustainable technologies into the curriculum of North Carolina’s community colleges. Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:30:00 +0000 WUNC News 10164 at http://wunc.org Piedmont Biofuels Adds Tank in Saxapahaw http://wunc.org/post/piedmont-biofuels-adds-tank-saxapahaw <p></p><p>Pittsboro-based Piedmont Biofuels is cutting the ribbon on a new tank location in Saxapahaw. The new tank at the Saxapahaw General Store will provide biodiesel to Piedmont’s members. Biodiesel is a renewable fuel made from cooking oils that’s cleaner than pure petroleum. It typically sells for around 3-fifty per gallon making it slightly more expensive than regular diesel. Thu, 27 Jan 2011 21:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 10231 at http://wunc.org Piedmont Biofuels Adds Tank in Saxapahaw