Most casinos, are in the business of feeding their guests. And any group or business that feeds people, has a unique opportunity to make a clean-burning, alternative and renewable fuel called biodiesel out of waste cooking oil that is collected from that casino’s restaurant kitchens.
If you own a BioPro™ biodiesel processor manufactured by Springboard Biodiesel, converting this waste stream into biodiesel is as easy as operating a washing machine and you will make your biodiesel for less than a dollar per gallon (ROI calculator)
All that is required is to collect your waste cooking oil, pour it through a 300 micron filter straight into the machine, add your chemicals and, press start. Making biodiesel in a BioPro ™ is that easy.
The BioPro™ will allow you to make ASTM-grade biodiesel (ie. Federally approved grade) for approximately 95 cents a gallon! Biodiesel will run in any diesel engine without the need to convert your engine and will blend with regular diesel at any ratio.
Additionally, Biodiesel burns 78.5% cleaner than regular diesel according to the US EPA and every time you use it, you reduce the volume of pollutants that go into the atmosphere.
Here are three casino-specific case studies:
- Colusa Indian Council: Paul Totman and Scott Lunsford lead the R&D Department of the Colusa Indian Council in Colusa, CA. They collect waste cooking oil from their casino kitchens but they also use a seed press to remove oil from sunflowers and safflower that they grow on their farmland. They operate a BioPro™ 380 in line with a SpringPro™ DM380. They can make 200 gallons of biodiesel per day and they calculate that their cost in chemical inputs, energy and labor comes to 97 cents/gallon.
- The Shakopee Mdewakanton Indian council has been converting the used cooking grease from their nine casino kitchens for over a year now. They own and operate a BioPro™ 380 and produce roughly 1,000 gallons of ASTM-grade biodiesel each month. Recently, they calculated that over an 11 month period, they save over $23,000 by making and using biodiesel made in their BioPro™. Here is a link to their biodiesel fact page. Shakopee Mdewakanton and Biodiesel
photographs of their biodiesel shop and biodiesel equipment
- Laura Cook, The Environmental Director for The Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Atmore, AL., estimates that her group makes biodiesel for $1.04/gallon out of waste cooking oil captured from their casino’s three restaurants. They began converting their biodiesel in a BioPro™ 190 at the beginning of 2008. They experimented with the fuel in several vehicles until they were given tribal approval to use the fuel in more and larger constuction vehicles. The tribe’s intention is to expand their biodiesel production over time, based on how much cooking oil they can capture.
Please contact Springboard Biodiesel if you’d like more information.