As a group, you couldn’t be better positioned to make biodiesel out of waste cooking oil in your facility than if you are a restaurant, a brewery (that serves food) or any other member of the food service world.
This is how it works, all you have to do is collect the waste cooking oil from your kitchens.
Once you have collected 50 gallons (capacity for a BioPro™ 190), or 100 gallons (capacity for a BioPro 380), you can pour or pump this oil, through a 300 micron filter, straight into your machine.
Next, Load your machine with chemicals (these include methanol, lye and a small amount of sulfuric acid), turn on the machine and press start. If your oil titrates at 5% FFA (most collected waste cooking oil does) and has less than 0.5 % water in it, The machine will convert this into ASTM grade biodiesel. If the oil is too wet, it can be dried in the machine.
|Culinary Institute of America at Greystone|
The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone converts used vegetable oil into biodiesel for student shuttle buses. Oil from deep fat fryers as well as from the Wine Spectator restaurant produce about 400 gallons per week. CIAG calculates their biodiesel production cost at 88 cents per gallon. Facilities Manager Greg Phipps says, “For us, it’s a no brainer. Plus the students learn about sustainability.” He says bus fuel economy has remained constant and drivers have noted an increase in performance since the change over took place.
|Mystic Lake Casino|
Mystic Lake is the biggest casino in Minnesota. In 2007, Fleet Services launched a biodiesel program to reduce diesel emissions and save money on fuel costs. Each month, they collect cooking oil from the casino’s 9 restaurants and produce as much as 1,080 gallons of biodiesel in a BioPro™ 380EX. According to their website, 11,626 gallons of biodiesel were pumped into shuttle buses and other vehicles from April 29, 2009 to March 2, 2010. That 11 month period saved them $23,252 and kept approximately 110 tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere.
|Sierra Nevada Brewery|
Sierra Nevada Brewery is well known, not only for its fine ales, but also for its cutting edge efforts to reduce emissions, recycle waste and employ new energy technologies. Sierra Nevada owns a BioPro™ 190. They collect their Waste Vegetable Oil from their Taproom and, each week, make a batch of 50 gallons of biodiesel. They blend this converted waste stream into their long haul and local truck fleets. They make their biodiesel for 90 cents per gallon and have made approximately 3,000 gallons in their machine to date.
Please contact Springboard Biodiesel if you’d like more information.