May 4, 2016 – NC Bioenergy Council WorkshopPanel_Discussion

This meeting was held in Fayetteville at the Cumberland County Extension Center on May 4th. Over 40 stakeholders from the bioenergy industry learned more about the goals of the council, heard from industry experts during a panel discussion, and engaged in a working group based on interest.  During the afternoon Council members visited Prestage Farms in Clinton, NC for the afternoon field tour.  The wood-fired Hurst Boiler produces up to 300 psi steam, which passes through a 250 kW back pressure turbine in route to process use.  The boiler replaces an existing diesel boiler, and after generating electricity for the utility company, the steam is sent to the feed mill for use in the feed pelleting process.  A special thanks to Prestage Farms for hosting the afternoon field tour!

December 10, 2015 – NC Bioenergy Council Workshop

This meeting was held at the Iredell County Cooperative Extension Center in Statesville, NC .  This workshop provided the opportunity for bioenergy industry stakeholders to meet and have discussions on the current challenges and opportunities that exist in order to develop solutions that encourage growth in this emerging industry.  Over 50 stakeholders from the bioenergy industry participated in 3 facilitated groups that consisted of transportation fuels with a focus on advanced biofuel crops supply chains, biopower technology and operations, and emerging bioenergy markets for the western region of North Carolina.  Participants in the working groups were asked to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats facing the industry broken down into political, economic, and environmental aspects. 

August 27, 2015 – Bioenergy Field Day, Mills River, NCOut Door Presentation

This Field Day provided a time for researchers to share their latest information on the work being conducted on energy crops in Western NC.  Tours of the research plots and processing equipment demonstrations helped growers, researchers, and industry leaders learn how we are working to meet the state’s renewable energy goals.  Researchers from NCSU, Appalachian State, and local NGOs discussed biomass crop production and the conversion of these crops into bioenergy.

Over 100 people from all sectors of the bioenergy industry, academia as well as high school students were in attendance to learn about the research underway at the research station.

June 23, 2015 – German American Bio Energy Business Conference, Raleigh, NC

Take this opportunity to learn about innovative organic waste management, technology solutions, recent and future market developments, and new business opportunities.

With the 2nd largest pork population in the US with over 10 million hogs, North Carolina faces the challenge of managing manure on a large scale. Farms have enormous potential to turn organic waste into home-grown clean energy and tackle environmental concerns along the way. In Germany, the bio energy industry has seen record growth over the past decade, allowing German companies to develop extensive experience in converting organic waste into energy.

This Conference explores the utilization of organic waste streams from farms, food processing facilities, municipalities, and waste water treatment plants, among others. American and German industry and policy experts are on-hand to answer questions from the audience.

NC Bioenergy Council Kickoff Meetingroundtable

The first kickoff meeting for the NC Bioenergy Council was held on April 20, 2015 at the NCSU McKimmon Center in Raleigh, NC.  Over 70 people from all sectors of the bioenergy industry attended to hear the latest on news relative to their industry from a roundtable of experts.  After the roundtable participants broke up into four working groups to tackle issues specific to feedstocks (research and development, production, and handling), biofuels, biopower (biogas & CHP/Thermal/other), and bioproducts.