Piedmont Biofuels to host 2014 Collective Biodiesel Conference

By Ron Kotrba | October 29, 2013

Piedmont Biofuels has been selected as host for the 2014 Collective Biodiesel Conference, to be held Aug. 14-17. Piedmont Biofuels is known for its community-based approach to biodiesel production and distribution, as well as its process technology innovations such as the cooperative’s trailblazing work in enzymatic production. Piedmont Biofuels’ 14-acre industrial park in Pittsboro, N.C., features multifeedstock biodiesel processing in addition to hydroponics, aquaponics, biochar production and sustainable agriculture. Co-hosting the event will be Central Carolina Community College, where many of the breakout sessions will be held.

“We are delighted to have been chosen as the 2014 host site,” said Lyle Estill, Piedmont founder and president. “For grassroots biodiesel, winning the bid for this conference is like winning a bid for the Olympics.”

“I’ve always been a fan of the Collective Biodiesel Conference,” said Andy McMahan, Central Carolina Community College biofuels program coordinator, who has attended past conferences in Colorado and Washington, D.C., and who will be co-chairing the 2014 conference. With its Natural Chef Program, green roof, wastewater recycling and building performance systems, not to mention its biofuels production facility and laboratory classrooms capable of providing hands-on biodiesel analytics, Central Carolina Community College is an ideal co-host for next year’s CBC.

“We look forward to working with Piedmont as they gear up to host the 2014 conference and are excited to be bringing the conference to the East Coast,” said Graydon Blair of the CBC board and owner of Utah Biodiesel Supply.  

The 2013 CBC was held in Breckinridge, Colo., hosted by Summit Greasecycling. In 2012, Temecula, Calif.-based Promethean Biofuels hosted the event.  


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