Monthly Archives: May 2006

Arlo’s Birthday

I really want to delve deeper into the price of copper. Arlo’s birthday is coming up, and I am giving him ten pounds of the stuff for his birthday.

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Friday Photos

Rachel has gotten into the habit of walking around the plant on Fridays and taking photographs. She’s accumulating a nice photographic archive of our progress, and I’ve asked her to send some select photos for the blog.

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Solar Thermal (Again)

Solar thermal has been a terrific ally of ours at Piedmont Biofuels. At the coop we use a “drainback” system to heat the facility, and for process heat.

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Plant Wall Biofilter

As the days speed by, at a rate that is virtually impossible to cover on blog, I note that I have yet to address the crown jewel of our communal kitchen, which is our biowall.

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Hello Internet, My Name is Emily

Tonight we sat around under the hickory trees and did the traditional “exit interview” with Emily. She’s been with us for the past semester, and will stay for part of the summer, but her internship has come to an end.

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Homemade Hyster

Yesterday the central problem appeared to be tank distribution. Everyone was off-project working on other things, and we needed to install two tanks on the other side of the lake.

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Tank Farm Pad

Today we shot five thousand dollars worth of cement into our forms as a foundation for our tank farm.

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The Crush

What I know about virgin oilseed product can be put in a thimble. After all, our background is in fuel out of waste.

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Mind on the Gutters

After the overwhelming traffic that washed over our website immediately following the publication of “Kissing the 8 Inch,” I’ve decided that in fact only the blog title matters.

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You Should Get A Grant for That

We never set out to get grants. Applying for government assistance was never in the cards for Piedmont Biofuels. Like so many other things on this project, we sort of stumbled into the world of grants.

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