Biodiesel featured on the History Channel

By Jerry W. Kram | November 01, 2007
Better Biodiesel Inc., a 3 MMgy biodiesel plant in Spanish Fork, Utah, was featured on an episode of the History Channel's Boneyard series in September. The company was part of an episode titled "Biowaste," which examined the processing of biological waste products into useful material. The theme of the show was how environmental nuisances are transformed into useful assets. Better Biodiesel uses beef tallow and vegetable oils to make its biodiesel.

The episode also featured the processing of municipal sewage into fertilizer; ConAgra's process of using thermal depolymerization to convert turkey organs, bones and feathers from its processing plant waste into oil; a company called Enviroboard that makes fiberboard out of straw; and Shellpro, a company that makes a wide variety of products out of walnut and other nut shells.

The episode will be available on DVD at the History Channel Web site ( and will also be available for viewing on

This wasn't the History Channel's only program featuring biodiesel. In June, Modern Marvels aired an episode called "Truck Stops." Country singer and biodiesel booster Willie Nelson was interviewed about "one of the most unique truck stops in the United States and the revolutionary fuel it sells." The "Truck Stops" episode is also available on DVD from the History Channel.

Modern Marvels also aired an episode examining the legacy of George Washington Carver. Carver discovered many new uses for oilseed crops and promoted the use of oils as fuel, along with automotive pioneer Henry Ford. Another episode profiled Lovecraft Biofuels, a West Coast diesel auto conversion company.

Boneyard follows the dismantling of various items and their unusual afterlife. It has examined the recycling of everything from massive oil tankers to passenger cars to Cold War-era cruise missiles.
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