The new automated appliance converts used cooking oil into premium grade biodiesel which emits up to 90% less carbon dioxide and 50% less particulate than regular diesel fuel according to the California Air Resources Board.
According to Springboard the new appliance enables restaurants to make ASTM-grade biodiesel for around 95 cents per gallon thereby saving on fuel costs, staying ahead of legislation and reducing carbon and particulates. Restaurants using the new equipment will also earn 2.5 GreenPoints towards becoming a Certified Green Restaurant under the GRA’s certification standards relating to eliminating waste. The GRA is currently looking for Certified Green Restaurants willing to convert their grease to fuel in Asheville NC, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Washington and a number of other states.
Biodiesel can be converted from any vegetable or animal oil and will run in any diesel engine without the need for conversion. It is also better for the life of diesel engines since it has a higher lubricity rate than regular diesel and so will create less wear in the engine. Biodiesel will also mix, at any ratio, with regular diesel and so it can be blended. Using biodiesel will also help to reduce US dependence on foreign oil, particularly when imported from unstable states.
“Innovative technology such as the BioPro EX has made it possible for restaurants to recycle their grease in a simple, cost-efficient manner,” says Michael Oshman the Founder & CEO of the GRA. “While the average restaurant washes about 15 pounds of grease down the drain for every 150 meals served, restaurants that use the BioPro EX device help both the environment and their budgets.”
Springboard Biodiesel’s CEO Mark Roberts said his company was delighted by the GRA endorsement.
“Making a clean burning fuel in an automated appliance and saving money at the same time is a truly great combination of benefits” he added. “The BioPro™ enables restaurant owners to both save money and differentiate themselves in the eyes of their customers, who are increasingly valuing green initiatives.”
Springboard Biodiesel is located in Chico, California and also manufactures processors, dry-wash systems, glycerin demethylators, methanol purifiers, and other ancillary equipment used in the small-scale production of biodiesel from waste streams.