Chico-based biodiesel company expands business

Apr 30, 2014 6:14 PM

Springboard Biodiesel is turning local waste into local fuel.

“We're partners with Smart Alternative Fuels based in Redding,” said Matt Roberts, co-owner of Springboard Biodiesel. “They bring truckloads of used cooking oil to us and then we convert it in this facility to ASTM D67 51-grade fuel.”

The Chico-based company started about six years ago selling equipment for people looking to make biodiesel for themselves. Fast forward to 2014, and Springboard Biodiesel is expanding; making their own biodiesel and selling it for local use. And this biodiesel can run in any diesel engine without any conversion.

“If you have a glass of diesel and a glass of biodiesel and you pour one into the other it mixes perfectly,” Roberts said. “And that’s what happens in your engine.”

Backers of biodiesel say it’s more environmentally friendly than regular diesel fuel.

“It’s a heck of a lot cleaner,” Rogers said. “It emits 90 percent less Co2.”

Roberts says the best part: this biodiesel cost about same as regular diesel fuel.


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