Springboard Biodiesel diversifies with launch of local fuel sales

Chico, Calif.-based small-scale biodiesel equipment provider broadens business with up to 350,000 gallons of biodiesel production, sales
By Ron Kotrba | March 05, 2014

Known for its small-scale biodiesel processing systems (the BioPro), sales of which approach 1,000 units over the past six years, Chico, Calif.-based Springboard Biodiesel announced its launch of a local biodiesel buyers club for individuals and companies in the Butte County area. Springboard recently received a grant from the California Energy Commission that gave the company the opportunity to design and build a new, larger biodiesel production facility in Chico.

“With the help of the CEC and countless organizations in and around Butte County, Springboard is ready to produce ASTM-grade biodiesel in its new, state-of-the-art facility and enable businesses and individuals to enjoy the many benefits of burning biodiesel,” said Springboard CEO Mark Roberts. “While our target market will remain primarily local, corporate and municipal consumers of diesel, who want to incorporate biodiesel into their fleets, we wanted to compliment that with a local buyers club.”

Springboard won’t follow the filling station model of pump-and-go, though; rather, club members can buy prepared volumes of 10, 55 and 275 gallons.

“We believe that producing locally and consuming locally is a sustainable and profitable energy model that will benefit the local communities where our systems are located,” Roberts said. “Ultimately, we plan to build a broad network of these ‘micro facilities,’ all of which are designed to provide competitively priced, cleaner burning biodiesel to local communities that have a natural and more easily accessible feedstock.”

Working with Smart Alternative Fuels, a Redding, Calif.-based used cooking oil collector, Springboard will be processing up to 350,000 of biodiesel annually in its first facility in Chico.

“It's exciting to bring this alternative to Butte County,” Roberts said. “We have a relatively large diesel fleet, and by replacing some of that diesel, we can create a viable new market with new green collar jobs, as well as contribute to the reduction of the area's carbon footprint.”