CT's First Biodiesel Plant Will Soon Start Production
July 18, Bethlehem – BioPur Inc. a small business start up will start to produce biodiesel later this month. The plant will produce 500,000 to 1.5 gallons of this alternative fuel annually. The company then plans to sell it to local distributors who will then sell it to both commercial and residential consumers here in Connecticut.
Biodiesel which is used like a fossil fuel burns cleaner and is produced domestically. Mixed with regular diesel and home heating oil at a rate of 5-20%, as an alternative fuel source the costs to the end user may or may not be slightly higher than conventional fuel sources.
The company plans on importing soy-bean oil from Maryland and Delaware and refine it at the Bethlehem facility. Co-founder Chris Glynos, who also has a meat-goat farm on the property believes that by making it locally, he can make it affordable in Connecticut. Currently the state's Department of Transportation’s motor fleet runs on 20% biodiesel and some residents produce their own biodesel blend using a vegetable oil mix.
BioPur expects to double production within a year to meet the growing demand. To find out more about the plant and BioPur, click here.
Source: Hartford Courant