First commercial biodiesel produced in Alaska

By | June 15, 2010
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Posted June 18, 2010

On June 9, the first commercial biodiesel was produced in the state of Alaska. Alaska Green Waste Solutions began production in its new Anchorage biodiesel plant and is celebrating with a grand opening on Thursday, June 17. The plant has a capacity of 1,000 gallons per day and is the perfect solution for disposing of waste cooking oil and producing a clean, reusable fuel in any location.

"This is a great example of the community-based model we believe in," said Bob King, President of Pacific Biodiesel. "Here we have a city that has very limited options for feedstock because of the harsh growing conditions, yet they can still be producing their own sustainable fuel. Use the resources in your area and it can happen."

Constructed in Salem, Ore., by Pacific Biodiesel Technologies and JVNW, the plant was disassembled for shipment and reassembled in Anchorage. Built in six shipping containers, the facility includes storage for feedstock, biodiesel and glycerin, utilities and the biodiesel produces system. It can be shipped anywhere, assembled on site and ready for production quickly.

Pacific Biodiesel Technologies was contracted to design and build the plant for Alaska Green Waste Solutions, which plans on using most of the biodiesel for its fleet of refuse collection trucks operated by its sister company, Alaska Waste. Alaska Waste provides solid waste and recycling services to Alaska customers including homes, schools, businesses, and governmental and state facilities. With the largest refuse fleet in the state, using biodiesel is an important part of Alaska Waste's commitment to recycling and sustainability.

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