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 costs and bring biodiesel to the source of the feedstock. (Our CEO gave this TED talk on the topic;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5sCV614ksk )
Springboard Biodiesel has been making automated biodiesel production systems since 2008. In that time, more than 1000 small scale systems have been placed down and turned on in 30 countries, in all 50 states, at 85 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: http://www.biodieselmagazine.com/articles/532950/bagram-air-field-conver.... 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 an amazing opportunity to make inexpensive, clean-burning biodiesel fuel.
How inexpensive? Whatever you calculate the cost is to collect your feedstock, add 90 cents to that. 90 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: http://fuelmarketernews.com/carb-affirms-biodiesel-as-lowest-carbon-fuel/
If you're going to do it and FEEL GOOD ABOUT DOING IT, Do it right. This is what you'll need to make or save money while making clean burning fuel from animal or vegetable waste oils:
1. At least one BioPro. Determine what your feedstock will be and what volumes you intend to convert. 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 99.99% pure. We sell methanol compatible pumps here: http://store.springboardbiodiesel.com/index.php?route=product/product&pr...
3. You will need to filter the oil with a 300 micron filter before it goes into the BioPro™.
4. Storage for your used cooking oil, you glycerin by-product and your finished biodiesel. This can be as simple as storing each liquid in totes like these http://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/H-3886/Tanks/IBC-Tank-275-Gallon?pri...
5. An oil transfer pump. This is for loading oil from a tote or any other container into the BioPro™. We recommend this one for durability: http://store.springboardbiodiesel.com/Goldstream-potable-wvo-pump
6. (Optional) A SpringPro T76 drywash system. This doesn't use water to clean your biodiesel and it speeds up production.