DieselGreen Fuels launches Biodiesel Control Center

By Nicholas Zeman | June 09, 2009
Posted July 1, 2009

Collecting used cooking oils from restaurants for biodiesel production is a diligent and multifaceted task. For instance, there are 5,000 restaurants in the city of Austin, says Jason Burroughs of DieselGreen Fuels. Identifying potential customers, establishing collection routes and conducting titration tests on samples are all aspects of managing a waste grease-to-biodiesel business.

"The Biodiesel Control Center is web-based software that helps new or future producers manage their business," Burroughs said. "When we needed software to help with our management needs, we found that there really wasn't anything specifically for the biodiesel industry. And what was available was dated, and cost as much as $14,000."

Users of the Biodiesel Control Center do not need to install any programs on their computers; they simply log in to a secure website and access several databases and management programs. The starting price will be $50 per month for up to 25 restaurants, and it scales up from there. Web hosting, weekly leads, and data backups are included in the price. Setup fees vary but can include importing private data into the system and helping set up collection routes.

"If we have been taking oils to a producer who complains about the free-fatty-acid content of the feedstock for instance, we can trace where that particular batch of feedstock comes from," Burroughs said. "If we discover it's a Dairy Queen giving us grease that really isn't suited for biodiesel production, we can eliminate them from our route…so this software helps us separate our good customers from the bad ones."

The Biodiesel Control Center website was launched in late June and is offering free trials through Aug. 1, when the commercial subscription service will then be available.

"Right now the service is targeted for community scale producers," Burroughs said. "Our long term plan, however, is to continue developing this software as a management tool for even the biggest biodiesel producers."

For more information, see www.BiodieselSoftware.com. For a product demo, contact Jason Burroughs at [email protected] or 512-247-3835.
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