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December 03, 2003

California Plant Begins Continuous Production of Biodiesel

Green Star Products, Inc. announced in November that it had completed initial product test runs at its new biodiesel production plant in Bakersfield, California. The plant will be the first in the United States to use a continuous-flow process to produce biodiesel. Other U.S. plants produce biodiesel fuel in batches; continuous production processes can potentially produce greater volumes of product at lower costs.

The company tested both recycled and virgin vegetable oil for its initial production of biodiesel, and was able to deliver product to U.S. Hondo Chemical, which is using biodiesel in its off-road vehicles. Although the Bakersfield Biodiesel Plant is currently capable of producing 2.5 million gallons of biodiesel per year, the company claims that the plant could be expanded to produce 35 million gallons per year, which would be more than twice the national production of biodiesel in 2002. See the Green Star Products press release.

The U.S. Navy will also become a biodiesel producer in the near future, according to the National Biodiesel Board (NBB). The Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme, California, plans to recycle the Navy's used cooking oil into biodiesel fuel. The demonstration plant will be able to produce one million gallons of biodiesel each year. The NBB has also noted a number of biodiesel developments in Colorado, including the first retail pumps in Boulder and Denver and the use of biodiesel in the buses for 12 Denver-area school districts, funded through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And with a $3.8-million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the NBB will now be working even harder to educate the public about biodiesel. See the NBB press releases.