SOURCE: Springboard Biodiesel

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 experience:

--  The 'INCOSEP' which enables rapid settling of bulk glycerin from raw
    biodiesel
--  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 water wash.

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 processing solutions."

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 today.

To learn more about Springboard Biodiesel and the biodiesel industry in general, visit www.springboardbiodiesel.com or call 530.894.1793.

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