Wednesday, October 20, 2004

New Facility Will Offer First Nationwide Access to Biodiesel Blend

Grainnet has this report on the nation's first high-volume commercial biodiesel blending terminal and integrated biodiesel processing plant. Blue Sun Biodiesel will use a $500,000 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Renewable Energy Systems grant to provide access to high performance biodiesel blends at its plant in Alamosa, Colorado. According to the article:
quality concerns have slowed acceptance of biodiesel blends such as B20, an EPA-approved alternative fuel consisting of 20% biodiesel and 80% diesel. These concerns have been a result of inconsistent product quality and blending procedures in the industry that have previously led to hesitancy on the part of diesel engine manufactures, automakers, and fleet managers. The new Blue Sun terminal and production facility will provide ample supplies of the Blue Sun Biodiesel fuel to the rapidly growing U.S. market.
The new plant will be centrally located on a national rail line, and according to Blue Sun officials, will provide high-quality and cost-competitive fuel to customers across the U.S..

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