Biodiesel technology exhibit attracts attention of Canada's PM

By Ron Kotrba | March 14, 2016

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the exhibit hall of the Globe 2016 Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, March 2-4, where one of the technologies he was introduced to was BioCube Corp.’s transportable biodiesel refinery, the BioCube.

“Prime Minister Trudeau thanked us for exhibiting the BioCube at the expo and was impressed with the technology,” said Peter Wilken, director of BioCube. “Of course, it was a privilege to be chosen by him as one of the technologies to visit, and I thanked him in return for doing so. After listening with interest to how the BioCube can produce commercial quantities of high-quality biodiesel on- or off-grid, he asked if the technology was primarily designed for developing economies. I answered, ‘Yes, that is where the focus of our attention is, particularly in markets like India, Africa, China, Southeast Asia and Latin America, but that it is equally relevant for all diesel users looking for a clean sustainable alternative liquid fuel in biodiesel. It’s relevant to everybody that values sustainable energy independence, so it’s relevant in developed markets too.’”

The BioCube is a transportable biodiesel refinery design-engineered within a 20-foot shipping container. It can produce approximately 400,000 gallons of biodiesel from a variety of waste and renewable feedstock oils, including virgin oils, used cooking oil and tallow. The system is capable of running off-grid on the biodiesel it produces or on-grid where electricity is available.

“It’s terrific the Prime Minister of Canada should recognize the potential of our technology to provide a solution for customers seeking greater energy independence and a clean, sustainable alternative to fossil diesel,” said BioCube Chairman Dennis Chisholm. “We are honored to have him visit us.”

“The BioCube helps communities and commercial enterprises control their own liquid fuel energy independence,” Wilken said. “For those with feedstock supply, it’s effectively their own green fuel station.

BioCube recently commissioned one of its systems for a customer in a remote part of the Congo, according to the company, where diesel fuel is expensive and often unavailable. “Without fuel for their palm oil mill and for the trucks, tractors and diesel generators that keep the plantation running, thousands of people within the community it supports have their livelihoods threatened,” Wilken said. “The BioCube was transported from Canada to the Congo, then barged 1,500 kilometers upriver. It was operational within 48 hours of arrival and producing biodiesel from their excess crude palm oil that went straight into diesel engines on the plantation. Not only is it protecting livelihoods and diversifying demand for their product, it is replacing expensive, imported fossil diesel that carries a large polluting carbon footprint, with clean, carbon-neutral biodiesel produced and consumed at the point of harvest.”

BioCube CEO David Tait said, “This is a business model we see progressive governments around the world following in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Oceania. We’re still a young company moving into full commercialization, but we now have machines operating in four continents. We believe we have a world-beating technology that has been developed and manufactured with our partners CBVL in Canada. It’s a story we’re writing in Australia, Africa and India right now. The BioCube self-evidently demonstrates its value when it’s operating, so we’re working hard to get more units in the field in more markets around the world. We receive fresh enquiries every week and are currently pursuing opportunities in Indonesia, the Gulf States, Latin America, the West Indies and Pacific Islands, amongst others.”

Tait said the company is open to licensing agreements in which the BioCube can be manufactured and assembled outside of Canada “where production quality standards expected by our customers can be met,” he said.

The BioCube technology was recently awarded the Global Innovation and Friendly Energy Award by the Biodiesel Association of India in recognition of its ability to produce high-quality biodiesel from renewable sources that improves India’s energy independence at a commercial and community level. 


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