Biodico, a sustainable biofuel and bioenergy company, announced this week its Biodico Westside Facility, the world’s first biofuel production facility that operates entirely on renewable heat and power generated on-site, will go online the first week of December.
The plant located at Red Rock Ranch in Fresno County is powered by solar panels and generates 20 million gallons of biodiesel from vegetable oil, cooking oil and animal fats. The plant is the first prototype of 9 such plants in the works based on research done at an R and D facility the company owns in Ventura, funded in part by the US Navy.
The Fresno County facility is expected to employ up to 45. The biofuel produced at the plant will be sold but no buyer has been announced. The US Navy could be a logical buyer given that the military wants to run more equipment and aircraft using renewable biofuel and they funded research on this project.The plant is only a few miles from NAS Lemoore.
“Our new facility in the San Joaquin Valley produces economically and environmentally viable biobased fuel and energy for local farmers and truckers, and creates new jobs in the community,” said Biodico President and Founder, Russ Teall. “This facility demonstrates Biodico’s commitment to an integrated value chain model that includes accelerated and inexpensive construction and deployment, enhanced throughput with reduced operating costs, and increased monetization of renewable fuel and energy.”
Biodico will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the facility on Friday, December 4, 2015, featuring the “Sustainable Rhythm” of the Mendota High School Marching Band’s drumline.
About Biodico: Biodico is a privately held company headquartered in Ventura, Calif. that (1) builds, owns and operates sustainable biofuel and bioenergy facilities, (2) conducts research, development, and validation studies with the U.S. Navy, and (3) collaborates with strategic joint venture partners to commercialize new technology and initiatives. The company and its management have been pioneers in the industry for the past 23 years, with an emphasis on using advanced, patented and proprietary technologies for the sustainable multi-feedstock modular production of next generation biofuels and bioenergy. Additional information about Biodico can be found on the company’s website at http://www.biodico.com.