SOURCE: Springboard Biodiesel
May 18, 2009 08:00 ET
Springboard Biodiesel Announces Patent-Pending Biodiesel Processing Acceleration Technology
CHICO, CA--(Marketwire - May 18, 2009) - Springboard Biodiesel, a privately held company
focused on the small scale biodiesel processing market, announced today
that it has developed patent-pending biodiesel processing acceleration
technology that doubles the capacity of its BioPro biodiesel processors.
Springboard Biodiesel's processing line will now comfortably serve users
with an even broader range of processing needs -- up to 36,000 gallons
annually -- while providing compelling economic returns.
Using patent-pending fluid separation technology, the Company is now able
to provide current and future BioPro users the ability to halve the
processing time and double the capacity of every BioPro 190 or BioPro 380
sold after January 1, 2007.
By incorporating its proprietary and patent-pending fluid separation
process into its product line, Springboard Biodiesel will now offer two new
products that will enable the rapid separation of biodiesel from other
fluids and thereby simplify and accelerate the overall biodiesel processing
-- The 'INCOSEP' which enables rapid settling of bulk glycerin from raw
-- The 'INCOSEP-Pro' which both rapidly settles bulk glycerin and rapidly
separates wash water from biodiesel while preventing emulsions.
"We are tremendously excited," said Mark Roberts, Springboard Biodiesel's
Chief Executive Officer. "We have taken our industry-leading BioPro
biodiesel processor line, and made it even more compelling. By doubling
the production capacity while maintaining the ASTM quality of the finished
fuel, we are able to both expand our target market and add more value to
our traditional small-scale customers. Importantly, we have gone to great
lengths to ensure that our technology is backwards compatible, so that
every Springboard Biodiesel customer who wants to will be able to upgrade."
Both INCOSEP devices significantly reduce processing time for biodiesel
production in BioPro processors. Standard BioPro processors are rated to
repeatably produce ASTM-fuel every 48 hours. Half of this time (24 hours)
is dedicated to esterification and transesterification reactions, as well
as glycerin settling. The other half of this time is dedicated to washing
(1 spray wash and 2 turbulent washes) as well as evaporative drying.
The INCOSEP unit reduces the esterification, transesterification, and
glycerin settling processes to 8 hours, rather than 24.
The INCOSEP-Pro also accelerates the esterification, transesterification
and glycerin settling process to 8 hours. However, it also reduces the
washing and drying processes to 12 hours, rather than 24. Additionally,
because of the INCOSEP-Pro's effectiveness in preventing emulsions, all
three washes are now turbulent washes, in which the fuel is stirred into a
homogenous mixture with the wash water before the water is quickly settled
out and removed, thus exceeding the thoroughness of the already stringent
With the INCOSEP-Pro unit the entire biodiesel production process is
reduced from 48 hours to only 20 hours.
Mr. Roberts concluded, "By maintaining our commitment to providing
ASTM-spec processes and enhancing the production experience, Springboard
Biodiesel is continuing its efforts to support the overall biodiesel
industry with the most innovative and advanced family of small-scale
Springboard Biodiesel, LLC, based in Chico, California, is an established
provider of renewable energy products that is committed to supporting the
broad use of affordable, renewable biodiesel solutions that are
economically and environmentally attractive. The Company's family of
industrial-grade BioPro™ processors and SpringPro™ wash systems
enable the fully automated production of ASTM D6751 quality biodiesel fuel
from a variety of sustainable sources. Because the majority of the
Company's customers are using non-food sources and existing waste streams
as feedstock, Springboard's BioPro processors and dry wash equipment are at
the forefront of renewable and sustainable energy alternatives today, and
are providing our customers with real economic and environmental benefits
To learn more about Springboard Biodiesel and the biodiesel industry in
general, visit www.springboardbiodiesel.com or call 530.894.1793.