Mobile biofuels plant cuts energy bills

By Peter Kent

Mobile biofuel plantBiofuels could become a significant resource to meet South Carolina’s energy needs. Fuels produced from plants, microbes and waste oils have a lower carbon footprint and can form the basis for a new industry.

Biosystems engineer Terry Walker is leading research on biofuels processing using a state-of-the-art mobile processing plant from Piedmont Biofuels. It is also used for demonstrations around the state.

The pilot plant gives Clemson the ability to convert potentially all waste oils on the campus to high-grade biodiesel. Using waste oils instead of petroleum-based fuels can save the university up to $30,000 per year.

For information: Terry Walker, 864-656-0351,