Bioenergy

Biodiesel Plant Built with USDA Grant

[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Blue Sun Biodiesel will open a high-volume commercial biodiesel blending terminal and integrated biodiesel processing plant in Alamosa, Colorado. A grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for US$500,000 will fund the production plant construction, but biodiesel blends will be available for sale at the terminal beginning November 2004. The processor and terminal are part of Blue Sun’s plan to increase the availability and reduce the cost of biodiesel fuel made from virgin vegetable oil. To date, according to the company, concerns about fuel quality have slowed the acceptance of biodiesel blends such as B20, which is an EPA-approved alternative fuel consisting of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent diesel. The production facility and blending terminal both will be computer-automated, and are located near the Great Western Railway, which should improve accessibility for fuel distributors and their customers throughout the U.S.