Alabama company grows with biodiesel industry

By | April 01, 2006
While Alabama Biodiesel Corp. is currently producing 10 MMgy of biodiesel in Moundville, Ala., the company doesn't plan to stop there, according to company Vice President Richard Campo. Located in a partially converted former resin plant, the company has plans to keep growing. "As the demand for biodiesel goes up, we'll continue to convert it," he said.

The company began producing biodiesel using refined soybean oil in July 2005. For the first two and a half to three months, the renewable fuel was used to run tractors and other equipment for its development business. Then Alabama Biodiesel began marketing its product elsewhere, including to country singer Willie Nelson for his BioWillie brand. "We just wanted to know all the ins and outs before we started selling it," Campo said. Work to convert the plant began in October 2004. The company built the plant based off its own design, with some consultation from Superior Process Technology, according to Campo.

Alabama Biodiesel Corp. has sent out samples of its glycerin and is currently exploring a market for the coproduct. Testing is also being done to determine if it will be used in a steam boiler to generate heat to make biodiesel.

Because of its location on the banks of the Black Warrior River, the company would like to build a barge on-site, Campo said. Company officials are working with the Army Corps of Engineers on the project. The hope is that a barge facility would be up and running within about a year.
 
 
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