From The Toilet To The Tank

North Carolina is happy to tell you that even our waste is going to good use. At the request of the General Assembly, the Biotechnology Center, the N.C. Rural Economic Devel-opment Center, N.C. A&T State University, N.C. State University and the N.C. Department of Revenue teamed up to draft a strategy for biofuels that was presented to the legislature.

NC wants to be a leader in biofuels technology and is teaming with local community colleges to grow jobs and meet the needs for future demands in these areas.

The Biotechnology Center opened offices in Asheville, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Greenville and Wilmington. “We will over time transform the economic, virtual and actual landscape of this state with biotechnology,” Burke says. “Changes will be profound. Gain will be great, and so will job creation.” —-quoted from here

Possibly in the near future, your trip to the toilet will be your price reduction at the pump. Waste is a fuel source for algae and much research is being done on algae as an alternative fuel source.

An area the size of Maryland could produce enough renewable fuel source to fuel the entire country. Algae reproduces rapidly under the right conditions. The oil produced by algae is up to 30 times greater than that of terrestrial plants.

A new Jet fuel has just passed the standards for production and is expected out in the near future. According to some sources, refining the algae to a usable fuel source for gas or diesel engines is about the price of oil at $50 a barrel.

Help is on the way and NC is leading the pack.


NC Biotechnology Center

Wiki Algae Fuel Article

Of interest:

Biodiesel Plant Goes Online