NEW BIODIESEL PLANT OPENS IN METRO VANCOUVER
Delta, British Columbia, February 25 2009
Consolidated Biofuels announces the startup of their new facility in Delta, BC, Canada.
The plant is designed to handle second generation feed stocks such as rendered beef tallow and restaurant grease.
Dan Treleaven, President, says “customers prefer the use of feed stocks that are further down the food chain and not for human consumption. This plant will meet a portion of the needs resulting from the BC requirement for 5% biodiesel content in diesel fuels starting in 2010. Biodiesel has a much lower environmental footprint with up to 78% less Greenhouse Gas Emissions in its lifecycle and it’s renewable.”
The startup will ramp up to its design capacity of 10,000 tones / year,(3,000,000 Gals / 11,000,000 litres) in March 2009 with plans for a phase 2 expansion to 17,000 tones / year (5,000,000 Gals / 19,000,000 litres) as business conditions permit.
Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel to have fully completed the health testing requirements of the Clean Air Act. The use of biodiesel in a convential diesel engine results in substantial reduction of unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter compared to emmissions from diesel fuel. In addition, the exhaust emmissions of sulfur oxides and sulfates (major components of acid rain) from biodiesel are essentially eliminated compared to diesel.
Of the major exhaust pollutants, both unburned hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides are ozone or smog forming precursors. The use of biodiesel results in a substantial reduction of unburned hydrocarbons. Emmissions of nitrogen oxides are either slightly reduced or slightly increased depending on the duty cycle of the engine and testing methods used. Based on engine testing, using the most stringent emmissions testing protocols required by EPA for certification of fuels or fuel additives in the US, the overall ozone potential of the speciated hydrocarbon emmissions from biodiesel was nearly 50 percent less than that measured for diesel fuel.