Adding ‘FAME’ to Image

How one leading lady is furthering her role promoting biodiesel
By Bryan Sims | March 09, 2011

She’s starred in films like “Blade Runner,” “Splash,” “Wall Street” and the “Kill Bill” series, but actress Daryl Hannah is taking on a different role as lead spokesperson to promote California-based Springboard Biodiesel LLC’s award-winning BioPro Biodiesel processors from her Malibu Ranch headquarters. Hannah made the announcement during her visit at Springboard Biodiesel’s exhibition booth at the World AG Expo in Tulare, Calif., in February, where she answered questions from reporters and attendees and demonstrated how the company’s BioPro processor works.

“This machine is fantastic,” Hannah says, alluding to Springboard Biodiesel’s BioPro 190 model processor. “If you have a machine like this, making biodiesel is as easy as operating a washing machine.”

Springboard Biodiesel’s line of BioPro processors are fully-automated machines capable of converting any vegetable oil or animal fat into ASTM-spec biodiesel. The company has been in operation since 2008 and currently leads the small-scale processor market in sales and production capacity.

Prior to Hannah’s announcement about being spokesperson for Springboard Biodiesel, the company reached a new milestone when it announced that more than 50 universities and school systems across the U.S. have installed its BioPro biodiesel processing equipment, the latest of which was installed at Arkansas State University where it’s used for both education and research purposes.

“We are delighted to be working with Ms. Hannah,” says Springboard Biodiesel CEO Mark Roberts. “She has been a leading advocate for small-scale, local biodiesel production for a number of years and her ongoing commitment to sustainable initiatives, including biodiesel, makes her a great spokesperson for our company.”

—Bryan Sims

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