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Clean Transportation Biodiesel Education Video Release

Feb 06, 2014
Educational video highlights benefits of biodiesel

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Shannon Helm, N.C. Solar Center, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu

Project Contact: Anne Tazewell, N.C. Solar Center, 919-513-7831, anne_tazewell@ncsu.edu

Raleigh, N.C. – An educational video highlighting the benefits of biodiesel from production to use was released earlier this month. The N.C. Solar Center, in collaboration with Wonderland Woods, produced the ‘Biodiesel: Tomorrow’s Transportation Fuel Today’ video at three locations in North Carolina to present the most important aspects of biodiesel for fleets and individual consumers alike. The four minute video includes a production perspective from Patriot Biodiesel, a biodiesel producer in Greensboro, NC, information about distribution via Hill Oil, the owner of a service station in Lexington, NC that offers B20 (blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel) and fleet use of biodiesel from the N.C. Department of Transportation. The N.C. Department of Transportation is one of the largest fleets in the U.S. to use biodiesel, burning about 7.5 million gallons of B20 annually.

Biodiesel is a clean burning, renewable fuel replacement for conventional diesel that is made from a variety of oils and fats. These oils and fats can be found in various types of consumer waste streams or produced domestically within the agriculture industry. North Carolina currently has five biodiesel production facilities, nine additional distributors and 23 retail service stations that are supplying the renewable fuel to fleets and consumers across the state. The use of biodiesel helps reduce harmful emissions and can even prolong the life of vehicles due to increased lubricity.

The N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University, with support from the N.C. Department of Transportation and partners, is conducting a public education media campaign that includes electronic media and other print and outdoor advertising as part of the $6.2 M Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) Project.

The CFAT project is focused on reducing transportation related emissions in NC counties that do not meet national air quality standards. The three year project covers education/outreach, sub-award funding to purchase clean transportation technology, and recognition of exemplary activities.

To view the N.C. Solar Center biodiesel video visit: http://vimeo.com/82118613

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About the NC Solar Center

The North Carolina Solar Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. For more information about the N.C. Solar Center visit: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu. Twitter: @NCSolarCenter