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Pacific Biodiesel Awarded SBIR Grant
First Biodiesel Plant in Alaska Begins Production
Bob King Presents at Bioenergy Forum on Capitol Hill
Pacific Biodiesel Awarded $2.4 Million in Federal Funding to Help Army Grow Biofuel Crops
Pacific Biodiesel Featured in Ho'okele Wa'a: Turning the Canoe
Kelly King to Speak at 2010 Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit & Expo
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   July 2010

We had such a great response to our first newsletter that we are going to make this a regular event.  Read on and get up-to-date with all of the exciting things happening at Pacific Biodiesel and its affiliated companies.  Thank you for supporting community-based biodiesel and please feel free to pass this newsletter on to interested friends and colleagues!

Pacific Biodiesel Awarded SBIR Grant
Young taro plant inundated with eggs from the destructive apple snail 
Snail Eggs
PBI receives grant to move forward on the Aina Mo' Soil Amendment Project

Pacific Biodiesel, Inc. was awarded a federal USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant for the Aina Mo' Soil Amendment Project.  The project, which had an official start date of June 15, will focus on the development of a unique soil amendment that can also serve as a control for the apple snails in Hawaii's wetland taro production based on the glycerin co-product from biodiesel production.  The apple snail infestation has hit Hawaii taro farmers hard, reducing taro harvest for small and mid-sized farms that comprise the local taro industry by 18 toTaro Farms 25 percent annually.  Pacific Biodiesel is collaborating with Oceanic Institute, a research affiliate of Hawaii Pacific University with expertise in aquatic feeds, nutrition, and toxicology, and Pacific Biodiesel Technologies to determine the feasibility of using unrefined glycerin to enhance soil and inhibit the apple snail infestations.  The findings from this project will support the end goal of an environmentally safe method for controlling the snails.  This will enhance the efficiency and profitability of small taro farms along with preserving the water quality in streams and coastlines.  Developing a value-added co-product from biodiesel refining will also help to reduce the production cost of biodiesel.  In addition to the federal grant, PBI received an additional award from the State's High Technology Development Corporation to assist with the project. Eileen O'Hara, Ph.D., Business Development for Pacific Biodiesel, Inc., wrote the grant proposal and is currently the principle investigator for the project. 

First Biodiesel Plant in Alaska Begins Production
Alaska Plant Pacific Biodiesel Technologies designs and builds Alaska's first commercial biodiesel plant

The first commercial biodiesel produced in the State of Alaska was made by a Pacific Biodiesel plant on June 9, 2010. Alaska Green Waste Solutions began production in its new Anchorage biodiesel plant and celebrated with a grand opening on June 17.  Constructed in Salem, Oregon by Pacific Biodiesel Technologies & JVNW, the plant was disassembled for shipment and reassembled in Anchorage.  It was built in six shipping containers and includes utilities, the biodiesel process system and storage for feedstock, biodiesel and glycerin.  With a production capacity of 1,000 gallons per day, the Alaska unit is the perfect solution for disposingAlaska Plant Opening of used cooking oil and producing a clean, reusable fuel in any location. It can be shipped anywhere, assembled on site and ready for production quickly. "This is a great example of the sustainable, community- based model we have always promoted," said PBI President Bob King.  "Here we have a city which has very limited options for feedstock because of the harsh growing conditions, yet they can still be producing their own sustainable fuel.  Use the resources in your area and it can happen."  Pacific Biodiesel Technologies was contracted to design and build the plant for Alaska Green Waste Solutions, who plans on using most of the biodiesel in its fleet of refuse collection trucks operated by sister company Alaska Waste.

Bob King Presents at Bioenergy Forum on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

Bob at Bioenergy ForumBob King speaks about the importance of biodiesel as a renewable fuel and the need to support the biodiesel Federal Tax Credit

Pacific Biodiesel President Bob King presented to the House Committee on Agriculture last month on the latest technological advances in biodiesel production as well as current issues surrounding the struggling industry.  He reiterated the necessity of passing the biodiesel federal tax credit at the June Bioenergy Forum.  As the founder of America's most experienced biodiesel company, King was invited to Capitol Hill to testify on the economic and environmental success of Pacific Biodiesel and how the community-based biodiesel model can be replicated throughout the nation for optimal energy security.  He stressed that biodiesel is real and can be used to make a difference now.  The existing technology has the potential for significant expansion, but the biodiesel industry as a whole has been plagued with hardship throughout 2010 due largely to lawmakers' failure to extend the biodiesel federal tax credit.  "Biodiesel can absolutely play an integral part of a sustainable energy future.  Pacific Biodiesel has been doing it now for 14 years," said King.  "It's time for Congress to take action, give the industry the support it needs, and reinstate the expired tax credit that has shut down 70 percent of the industry."

Pacific Biodiesel Awarded $2.4 Million in Federal Funding to Help Army Grow Biofuel Crops

Biofuel demonstration project to begin on Oahu

Pacific Biodiesel, Inc. was recently approved for $2.4 million in federal funding for the IMCOM Renewable Energy Security Techniques (IMCREST) project, a collaborative effort between Pacific Biodiesel, Inc., the Pacific Command and the Hawaii Army Garrison to design and operate a sustainable system that will enable the army to grow its own fuel.  "We are so excited to be moving ahead with this project," said PBI Vice President Kelly King. "This is a huge step towards Hawaii's energy security and independence goals and will serve as a valuable model of sustainability for the rest of the country."  The project will allow the military to be directly involved with growing crops for their own locally-produced fuel and will help the military move into significant renewable fuel usage.  By planting and harvesting crops locally and studying the different yields, the project will also help identify for the State of Hawaii the environmental, economic and social benefits of growing our own fuel throughout the islands.

Pacific Biodiesel Featured in Ho'okele Wa'a: Turning the Canoe
Pacific Biodiesel is showcased inTurning the Canoe
the Maui-made documentary about navigating a sustainable future for Maui and the world

Produced by the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM), this feature length documentary film highlights the importance of protecting Maui's cultural and natural resources and what can be done to make Maui more sustainable.  Featuring interviews with those leading the way to protect Maui's environment, including Pacific Biodiesel's founders Bob & Kelly King, and never before seen footage of some of Maui's unique natural resources.  Screened at the Maui Film Festival last month, it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Made in Hawaii.  Copies of the film are available here.  Proceeds benefit the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui. 

Kelly King to Speak at 2010 Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit & Expo in Honolulu
Pacific Biodiesel sponsors both the Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit and The World Congress on Zero Emissions Initiatives in Honolulu

Kelly King will be a speaker on the Bioenergy - Production & Refining breakout session panel on Wednesday September 1 at the Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit & Expo.  Over 1,200 local, national and international government, military, private sector and energy industry officials are expected to participate it this year's summit which addresses the critical need to involve government, public and private leadership in setting and achieving key priorities, and in developing and implementing innovative technologies.  The Vice President of Pacific Biodiesel, Inc. will be sharing her knowledge and expertise on new and existing technological applications, industry implications and investment opportunities.  Pacific Biodiesel will also be sponsoring and presenting at The World Congress on Zero Emissions Initiatives in Honolulu September 13-17.

Headquartered in Kahului, Hawaii, Pacific Biodiesel, Inc. was conceived in 1995 as a response to local concerns over unmanageable quantities of waste cooking oil being dumped at the Central Maui Landfill.  Since opening and operating the very first retail biodiesel pump in America, Pacific Biodiesel has built a solid reputation as a leading pioneer in the rapidly expanding biodiesel industry. Its technology division, Pacific Biodiesel Technologies in Salem, Oregon, has designed and built biodiesel plants from Hawaii to Maryland. 
PBI is committed to the community-based biodiesel model and to our mission of promoting a clean, sustainable energy future through local production of renewable fuels.  For more information, please visit our website or contact Amy Corbitt at