California biodiesel producer expands plant

Oct 10, 2016 12:06 CEST

by Plamena Tisheva

October 10 (SeeNews) - Crimson Renewable Energy LP last week held a ceremony to mark an expansion of its biodiesel plant in Kern County, California that triples the facility's production level to 24 million gallons (90.85 million litres) a year.

The plant is currently ramping up to its new capacity, the company said in a press release. The "ultra-low carbon" biodiesel fuel produced at the facility is made entirely from used cooking oils and other inedible raw materials.

The expansion, worth multi million dollars, was supported by a matching grant from the California Energy Commission’s Alternative Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The upgrades involved expansion of steam and other existing systems, as well as the installation of new second-generation systems, which will allow the plant to reduce its energy and water consumption by 10% to 15%.

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