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Pacific Biodiesel Newsletter
 November 2012  
In This Issue
Aloha From the Farm
TheBus Fuels up on Biodiesel
HFN Hilo to sell B20 and B100
Planet Princess Program
New Faces at Pacific Biodiesel
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Aloha From the Farm!  

Hawaii Military Biofuel Crop Project makes great strides  


Crew pouring slab for the new crushing mill
PBT is continuing to plant oilseed crops on the North Shore of Oahu, including safflower, camelina, soybean and sun- flower. In addition to gathering data on growing oilseed crop production, a large part of the Hawaii Military Biofuels Crop project is to design and implement the first commercial seed crushing facility in Hawaii. Crushing Facility Manager James Twigg-Smith has been working with consultants at Willamette Biomass Processors. The design for a 40 ton/day facility is complete and construction has begun on phase one. The facility will process safflower, sunflower, camelina, soybean, jatropha and kukui nut, with future plans to install additional equipment to handle other feedstock such as palm oil kernels as needed. The facility will be located adjacent to our Big Island Biodiesel refinery allowing for easy transport of oil. Pacific Biodiesel Technologies plans to have the crushing facility operational by early 2013, and hopes to also process seed from surrounding farms.    


In addition, PBT recently conducted biochar trials in coordination with Hawaii Biochar Products. Biochar is a soil amendment to enhance productivity. By applying biochar to portions of certain plots, the test demonstrated side by side how the plants perform with and without biochar (see photo). The results show a significant increase in growth in the biochar blocks. Samples are still being analyzed to provide more data, however so far biochar appears to have a significant positive effect on the growth of safflower, a potential oilseed crop for both biodiesel production and livestock meal. Stay tuned for more updates as our crushing mill gets up and running and our biochar research continues!  

- Project Manager Matt Johnson & Farm Manager Dan Rudoy
TheBus Proves to be TheBest
Oahu transit system, TheBus, fuels 20 buses with  sustainable community-based biodiesel

Honolulu Clean Cities (HCC) recently announced that 20 buses from Oahu Transit Services' award-winning transit fleet, TheBus, are now fueling with B20 biodiesel. The City and County of Honolulu is a long time leader in the shift towards a more renewable energy future for the State of Hawaii. For the past eight years, the City has been using B20 biodiesel as its primary fuel in all of their non-emergency county equipment including garbage trucks and road paving trucks. The City's fuel contract with Aloha Petroleum utilizes locally produced biodiesel from Pacific Biodiesel.

"The City and County of Honolulu has for many years been a great champion in using locally-made biodiesel and with this expansion into the bus system, they continue to drive Hawaii toward a greener future," says Pacific Biodiesel President Bob King.

"This pilot program will be a learning experience for TheBus," says Roger  Morton, President and General Manager of Oahu Transit Services. "We know our energy future will include alternatives to petroleum products and this Clean Cities program will give us real-world experience with biofuels."

The 20 bus test is part of HCC's Hawaii Clean Diesel Initiative, which was funded by The Environmental Protection Agency. This initiative  will reduce the bus system's fossil fuel consumption and cut harmful diesel emissions. It will also reduce subsequent particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide and hydrocarbon emissions.

HCC's Hawaii Clean Diesel Initiative helps the State achieve its clean energy initiative goal of 70 percent renewables by 2030.
Honolulu Clean Cities is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing petroleum consumption in transportation. Pacific Biodiesel is a proud partner of HCC, and Fuel Sales Manager Jenna Long sits on the Board.
HFN Making History on Hawaii Island
Hilo site becomes first commercial fuel station on island to sell B100 and B20 biodiesel

Big Island Biodiesel is in start up phase and a few Hawaii Island businesses are taking important steps towards incorporating renewable fuel in their operations. Fuel production at Big Island Biodiesel will provide easy access to biodiesel in larger volumes than ever before. One provider, Hawaii Fueling Network (HFN), will soon become the first commercial station on Hawaii Island to sell biodiesel. The new station, located on the corner of Kipimana and Wiliama in Shipman Business Park, Keaau, will provide customers with B100 and B20 biodiesel options.

Pacific Biodiesel is providing HFN's biodiesel fuel and is enthusiastic  about the station opening. "We appreciate HFN's support for renewable, sustainable, community-based biodiesel," says Fuels Sales Manager, Jenna Long. "It is exciting to see more commercial stations offering renewable fuel and becoming a part of Hawaii's sustainable energy future."  
The HFN station is opening soon and will be open 24 hours. It is a full functioning, membership only station offering B20 and B100 biodiesel as well as regular diesel, gasoline, and ethanol free gasoline.

Pacific Biodiesel Partners with Planet Princess 
Princess Cruises is on board with sustainability
Golden Princess Occupational Safety & Environmental Officer Peter Hughes and Pacific Biodiesel Logistics' Moses Magno at first pick up
Pacific Biodiesel's latest customer brings a new meaning to "oil rich." After visiting diverse cities in British Colombia, California and Mexico, the Golden Princess docks in Honolulu. When it docks, gallons of used cooking oil are offloaded. 
Princess Cruises has been a long time supporter of practices benefiting the environment. Sailing to destinations worldwide, they have championed their own recycling program called the Planet Princess Program. Environmental Operations Manager of Princess Cruise Lines, Andrew Lorenzana, views their new relationship with Pacific Biodiesel as a success story. "We're happy to add an additional venue to our cooking oil recycling program that began more than 10 years ago in the Caribbean and has produced more than 20,000 gallons of fuel so far." In the interest of their passengers' health, Golden Princess ensures the cleanest fryers and best tasting food by emptying fryers after every meal. Once docked in Oahu, the cruise ship has accumulated a substantial amount of used cooking oil. 
Pacific Biodiesel Logistics made its most recent pick-up in the last week of October. Oahu Account Executive Dana Shinsato is thrilled to be working with Princess cruises. "This is just the beginning of what we hope is a long relationship with more than just the Golden Princess," Shinsato says. "I think Princess Cruises is just as excited as we are." The cruise line is happy to know that its waste oil is being diverted from a potential landfill destiny. "By recycling our used cooking oil with Pacific Biodiesel, we know that the oil collected from Golden Princess will be put to good use as locally produced biodiesel fuel," Lorenzana said. "It encourages and inspires our crew and passengers to be good stewards of our environment." 
New Faces at Pacific Biodiesel
Pacific Biodiesel and Big Island Biodiesel welcome new employees

Pacific Biodiesel Logistics - William Chun, Driver 
  • As a Maui local, our newest driver William Chun has extensive CDL driving experience on the island and knows the routes well. Outside of work he does yoga and volunteers once a month to help restore Maui's Hawaiian forest, planting trees and plants in Ulupalakua Auwahi.   

Pacific Biodiesel Technologies - Katarina Culina,  Fuel Pump Assistant 

  • Since the recent upstart of the B100 fueling station at our Big Island Biodiesel facility in Keaau, Hawaii, Katarina Culina facilitates fuel sales and monitors activity at the pump three days a week. Her passion for sustainability drew her to the Big Island and Pacific Biodiesel. She enjoys meeting and hearing stories of all the biodiesel customers.  

 Big Island Biodiesel - David Suppi, Plant Operator 

  • Big Island Biodiesel's newest Plant Operator, David Suppi, is a long time Hilo resident proud to have raised his family on their family owned and operated flower farm, H&S Farms. He has a great passion for horticulture, farming, mechanics, fishing and hunting.   

Big Island Biodiesel - Jon Self, Plant Operator

Headquartered in Kahului, Hawaii, Pacific Biodiesel 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 research and development division located in Salem, Oregon, has designed and built biodiesel plants from Hawaii to Maryland. PB id committed to the community - based biodiesel model and to our mission of promoting a clean, sustainable energy future through local production of renewable fuels.
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