Pac Premier
Giving Guide
You are here:  Home  >  Current Article

Powering up biodiesel

By   /   Monday, September 7th, 2009  /   Comments Off on Powering up biodiesel

    Print       Email

If the subject of biodiesel has ever caused you to conjure images of a battered Mercedes station wagon piloted by a young, unkempt environmentalist, picture instead a truck or maybe even a motor vessel owned by the U.S. Navy, the world’s top user of diesel fuel.


Earlier this month, Santa Barbara-based Biodiesel Industries, in partnership with the Navy and defense aerospace contractor Aerojet, announced the successful demonstration of a new biodiesel production process using a diverse array of waste-grade feedstocks. Biodiesel Industries worked with Navy engineers and scientists at Port Hueneme’s naval base for six years to develop ARIES — Automated Real-time, Remote, Integrated Energy System — a sensor-controlled fuel production system designed to produce fuel of consistent quality from different feedstocks. The goal is part of a federal initiative to increase the use of alternative fuels that has been gaining momentum over the past decade.

“The need for alternative fuels is a bi-partisan issue,” said Biodiesel Industries president and founder Russ Teall. “Conservatives understand the need for energy independence and security. Progressives like it because it’s an environmental issue.”

The full version of this article is only available to print subscribers. To view everything the Business Times offers, see this week’s print version or SUBSCRIBE to the print edition for $49.99 today.

    Print       Email