By Derek Lacey, Oct. 23, 2014 @ 01:40 PM
GAMEWELL —Each day, Randy Dellinger’s plant on Virgina Street in Lenoir churns out about 7,000 gallons of diesel fuel, ready to be pumped into any diesel engine.
But Dellinger’s diesel isn’t made from fossilized carbon. It’s made from soybean and canola oil, and poultry and pork fat. It’s biodiesel, and Dellinger’s company is Foothills Bio-Energies.
Dellinger explained his process and product to a small group Wednesday during a tour, his way of helping to celebrate the second annual National Bioenergy Day, a nationwide effort to advocate bioenergy in the U.S. that is sponsored by the Biomass Power Association, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Industrial Pellet Association, among others. Bioenergy is the use of any organic material to generate heating, cooling, electricity or, in Dellinger’s case, fuel.