Boston-based biodiesel supplier World Energy Alternatives is partnering with Petroleum Fuel Terminal Co (PFTC) in Greensboro, North Carolina, to develop the state's first biodiesel bulk storage and blending facility.
Funding for the project is being provided by PFTC, in addition to a $150,000 (95,000) Clean Fuel Advanced Technology grant from the North Carolina Solar Center at North Carolina State University. The grant funding will cover approximately 60% of the estimated $250,000 project cost.
The project will convert an existing 172,000-gallon storage tank at PFTC's Greensboro terminal to store B100 for blending with petroleum-based diesel. The tank will be insulated and heated to ensure proper storage during cold months.
'With a bulk storage and blending facility located alongside major East Coast pipelines that bring petroleum from the Gulf Coast, Greensboro can become a biofuels distribution hub, as well,' David Shiflett, VP for business development at World Energy, asserts.