Springboard Biodiesel specializes in small-scale biodiesel processing; we make high-quality, automated equipment that will convert 9,000 to 500,000+ US gallons (34,000 to 1.89MM liters) per year depending on how much feedstock oil a business or institution can collect.
Why keep it small? To reduce over-head costs and bring biodiesel to the source of the feedstock. (a TED talk on the topic )
Springboard Biodiesel has been making automated biodiesel production systems since 2008. In that time, more than 1100 small scale systems have been turned on in 31 countries, in all 50 states, at 90 school systems, and at a large number of restaurants, resorts, businesses and municipalities throughout the US and abroad.
In May, 2015, the US military joined the ranks of loyal, satisfied customers by converting cooking oil from the mess halls at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan into fuel. In their first 17 months, they saved $1 million using a BioPro 380EX combined with a SpringPro T76 and they are still going strong.
If you or your business partners have access to a reliable source of low cost feedstock (ie. used cooking oil, beef tallow, fish oil, goose fat, canola oil, sunflower oil, etc.) you have a rare and amazing opportunity to make inexpensive, clean-burning biodiesel fuel that will run in any diesel engine.
How inexpensive? Whatever you calculate the cost is to collect your feedstock, add 85 cents to that. 85 cents is the total cost of all your other inputs including electricity.
How clean-burning is it? According to CARB, biodiesel is the least carbon intensive liquid fuel
The following is what you'll need to get started.
1. A BioPro. You can figure out which one by estimating how much oil you can gather per week. The BioPro 190 will convert 50 gallons every 2 days. The BioPro 380EX combined with the SpringPro T76 can process 270 gallons per day. Somethwere in the middle? Consult our Biopro page. If in doubt, contact us. (530) 894-1793.
2. A methanol pump. This is to pump the methanol from a 55 gallon barrel (the volume most people buy their methanol in) into the methanol and methoxide chambers of the BioPro™. For every batch of 100 gallons made in the BioPro™ 380, 20 gallons of methanol is required. The methanol will need to be 99.90% pure. We sell methanol compatible pumps:
3. You will need to filter the oil with a 300 micron filter before it goes into the BioPro™. These are easy to find but call us if you'd like some help. (Alternatively, oil can be allowed to settle over a period of 4 days to a week)
4. Storage for your used cooking oil, your glycerin by-product and your finished biodiesel. This can be as simple as storing each liquid in totes like these
5. An oil transfer pump for loading oil from a container into the BioPro™. We recommend this one for durability:
6. (Optional) A SpringPro T76 drywash system. This doesn't use water to clean your biodiesel and it speeds up production.