Jerome, AZ, December 12, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- North Carolina's traditional tobacco farms are switching to other crops, so the state’s Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, has initiated a program to educate farmers on the ins-and-outs of biodiesel manufacturing, anticipating producers will be growing more oilseeds in the future. Southeastern Community College will be using a mobile biodiesel processor built by Jerome, Arizona-based Verde Biofuel for this program. While the processor is for educational purposes, demonstrating how various seeds can be turned into fuel.
While the concept of making fuel from soy, sunflower or even corn is not new, many colleges are just starting to offer hands-on programs which focus on sustainable, eco-friendly programs. Biodiesel production is one of many of these programs.
Project “F2F” (field-to-fuel), as it is called by the guys at Verde Biofuel who built it, will take a batch of raw seeds, such as soy seeds and press the seed, extract the oil, clean the oil, and “process” it into fuel during what is called the transesterification process. This all happens in a self contained mobile unit that will run on – you guessed it – biodiesel. A biodiesel powered generator will provide the electricity required to run this mobile biodiesel classroom.
“This is a very exciting project for us” says owner Tim McClellan, “this is the ultimate biodiesel education classroom.”
When Southeastern Community College started looking for someone to build their mobile classroom, they couldn’t find anyone. No one was doing this – then they found Verde Biofuel, who builds mobile biodiesel processors for waste vegetable oil. “The process is the same for any vegetable oil”, says McClellan, “we just had to add a few steps.”
McClellan launched Verde Biofuel as a subsidiary of Western Heritage Furniture, which he started in 1994 in an old high school gym. “We started taking slash and burn timber and materials from old barns and recycling it for furniture. This was a green product we were soon delivering to dozens of states and decided we should be delivering it with a green fuel.”
Verde Biofuel is located in Jerome, Arizona and manufactures Verde Biotrailers™. Biotrailers™ are complete mobile biodiesel processing units that can process 1000s of gallons of biodiesel per month.