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Individuals, Families, Breweries, . . .
In the colorful ecosphere of small-scale biodiesel production, there is another category that we fondly refer to as “Other” or “Mavericks”. This category is made up of individuals who, for one reason or another, are able to gain access to used cooking oils, and who decide to save money on their fuel costs by converting that oil into biodiesel in this equipment. They tend to be do-it-yourselfers, some go by the handle of “Preppers”, some are environmentalists, others are “mavericks” who are fed up with the price of diesel. Whatever their motivation, they get it done. This page recognizes their efforts.
Daryl Hannah (yes, that one!)
Actress and biodiesel advocate Daryl Hannah stopped by the Springboard Biodiesel exhibition tent at the World Ag. Expo in Tulare, CA. on February 9, 2011 and posed with her new BioPro™ 190. Ms. Hannah has joined the team and will be Springboard Biodiesel's latest dealer.
Dr. Andrew Weil
The New York Times once claimed that Dr. Andrew Weil, seen here with his BioPro™ 190, "has arguably become America's best known Doctor". Dr. Weil purchased his BioPro™ back in 2006. In an interview at his ranch in AZ., he gave a demonstration on how the machine operates and told reporters that there is "a pretty quick payback time on the cost of the unit." He added, "I really think this makes sense for a small co-op or any group of people...It's wonderful in many ways," explained the doctor, who points out that the fuel is renewable, cheaper and cleaner than regular automotive fuels, and fits his overall philosophy: the health of the planet "needs to be taken as seriously as individual health."
Sierra Nevada Brewery
Mandi McKay operates the BioPro™ 190 for Sierra Nevada Brewery Co. In early 2008, Sierra Nevada took their recycling program one step further. They purchased a BioPro. "I love this machine," says Mandi, and began turning all used cooking oils from their Tap Room into biodiesel. They blend this biodiesel with regular diesel and use the mix to fuel their impressive fleet of short and long-range delivery trucks. View Brewing More than Beer video.
Paul Waxman, seen above with his family, his two diesel cars and his BioPro 190, writes:
Closing in on our fourth year of biodiesel with the 190, we only have biodiesel powered cars – a 2000 Jetta (~47 MPG) and 2005 Passat (~29 MPG) – and we go year round with B100. Our kids actually have not been to a gas station to fill up – they think a lot of people make their own biodiesel!!! We live in a community where we test jets for the Navy – one of their bumper stickers is "Jet Noise: the sound of freedom". My bumper sticker: "Biodiesel: the smell of freedom". Without the 190, I could have never made my own biodiesel due to the time constraints. With it, I smell freedom every morning when I start my car!
Of course, the excellent piece of equipment I purchased from you, the BioPro 190, has also lent to an increased level of comfort...Given my tight time constraints and very small working area it (the 190) was by far the best choice I could have made. I have my entire biodiesel production "shop" including WVO filtering, methanol supply, waste water drum, a "test bench" and BioPro 190 set up in a 7' x 8' shed. I was able to spend the last two days of summer vacation enjoying time with my kids while the BioPro 190 was busy converting my WVO into beautiful biodiesel! I look forward to may years of cheap, clean, domestic, biodiesel!
Lowell Harms, Groton, SD
Lowell Harms is a farmer that lives in Groton South Dakota. He and his father have been making biodiesel in the BioPro 190 since 2009. They have made and used thousands of gallons and continue to do so from UCO collected locally.