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Pacific Biodiesel Newsletter
Third Quarter 2014 
In This Issue
Acknowledging Environmental Champions
Maui EKO Exceeds HCEI Objectives
National Manufacturing Day
Aina Mo' Global Challenge Winner
Hawaiian Discovery Tours
Biodiesel Companies Defy the Odds
Hemp is Hope Workshop
PBN Sustainability Award
New Faces in the Biodiesel Biz
Upcoming Events
Pacific Biodiesel        
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Green Jobs Award

Pacific Biodiesel acknowledges environmental champions currently fueling with biodiesel including:







Pacific Coast 







A Village of Environmental Champions

While sustainability has always been our mission at Pacific Biodiesel, we know it takes a village to create real change. That change is happening because some companies, government agencies and individuals are determined to make a difference by using locally produced renewable fuel instead of petroleum imports. Beginning with this issue of the newsletter we will be acknowledging some of our biodiesel champions in the gold banner to the left as well as in feature articles. Our goal is to recognize the true eco heroes in Hawaii who "walk the talk" and inspire others to join our village of environmental champions. See you at the BioWillie pump!

~ Kelly King, Vice President, Pacific Biodiesel Technologies
Maui EKO Exceeds HCEI Objectives
Long time Valley Isle business recyles green waste with "green" fuel 

Not only is Maui EKO Systems one of Maui's premier recyclers, the company uses B100 biodiesel, recycled from used cooking oil, to fuel its diesel-powered equipment at the Central Maui Landfill. Maui EKO is doing its part to meet the goals of the state's Clean Energy Initiative.

The Morbark 1300 Tub Grinder runs on B100 and is used to process greenwaste into mulch

This year alone, by replacing fossil diesel with biodiesel, Maui EKO has displaced more than 70,000 gallons of petroleum and reduced carbon emissions by 1.2 million pounds.

According to spokesperson Brittany Smart, "EKO uses biodiesel in all of the heavy equipment used at the compost facility. By using biodiesel instead of petroleum-based diesel, we support efforts to turn a waste stream into a valuable, locally produced fuel while decreasing the demand for imported fuel."


Maui EKO biodiesel fueled front-end loader
Maui EKO Systems has 
operated the recycling and composting facility at the Central Maui Landfill since 1995. In addition to greenwaste the company also composts residuals from the biodiesel process. Considered one of Maui County's most successful recycling programs, EKO Compost products are sold throughout the state.
National Manufacturing Day
Big Island Biodiesel selected as official tour site on Hawaii Island

Big Island Biodiesel was selected by the High Technology Development Corporation as Hawaii Island's only participant and official tour site for National Manufacturing Day. This marks the first time Hawaii Island has participated in this annual celebration of manufacturing in North America. A subsidiary of Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, which is now in its 18th year as a pioneer in U.S. biofuels, BIB has been providing high quality green manufacturing jobs since its commissioning in 2012. 


Guests attending the morning tours included students from Hawaii Community College. In addition to learning about biodiesel refining, the attendees watched the adjacent crushing mill in action, producing oil and livestock meal from waste agricultural products. 

Hawaii Community College students and teacher, Mike Lemons, toured Big Island Biodiesel as part of the national manufacturing celebration 

PBT Featured in Global Challenge
2014 Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit 
Pacific Biodiesel Technologies was one twelve 2014 Global Agriculture Innovation Challenge winners from across the country at this year's Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo. The Company presented findings from its innovative application of a biodiesel
co- product for paddy crop health, and control of invasive golden apple snails.
Baseline water tests were conducted in Phase II of the Aina Mo' projectType caption text here.

Trademarked Aina Mo' (short for ʻāina momona, Hawaiian for "fertile land"), the soil amendment was developed from fuel production by-products for wetland taro and potential rice farming. Combined with snail egg management, this product has proven effective in controlling the invasive snail, Pomacea Canaliculata. Field trials produced excellent yields and no detectable levels of adverse effect in water, soil or plant tissue.


Pacific Biodiesel has completed Phase II of the project involving field trials to validate product effectiveness and environmental safety. The Company is now in the commercialization phase and will begin to offer Aina Mo' to taro farmers throughout Hawaii. PBT Vice President Kelly King stated, "In an effort to get the product to farmers at the best price point and support our environmental initiatives, we are looking at minimal packaging and advertising. We believe word of mouth will cover the demand for the supply."

Formerly known as the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit, the 2014 Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summits and Expo combined the energy summit with showcases for challenge winners in defense energy technology, agriculture innovation and island sustainability solutions. 
Hawaiian Discovery Tours Goes Green
Hawaii Island bus company operates on B100
Big Island bus company found that switching to biodiesel improved
fuel economy and increased power

Hawaiian Discovery Tours started using biodiesel in the third quarter of 2014. Contracted by Hawaii County for its regular Hilo-South Kohala Resort route, Hawaiian Discovery operates the only passenger fleet in the State of Hawaii to run on 100% biodiesel (B100).

"We drive over 400 miles a day on B100 biodiesel and have seen an increase in power as well as fuel economy," said General Manager Terry Cox.   "The Detroit 8V92 engines are notorious for emitting black smoke, but with biodiesel there's no signs of smoke at all. The back of the buses, previously striped by the diesel emissions, stay nice and clean. Wherever we stop they love us....biodiesel smells a lot better than regular diesel!" 


Interested in learning more about converting to a cleaner fleet? Please contact Mike Heinemann or call 808-877-3144 and ask for Fuel Sales.

Biodiesel Companies Defy the Odds


Pacific Biodiesel is one of three companies with a passion for protecting the environment featured in this article.



Hemp is Hope Workshop
Pacific Biodiesel was a sponsor of the "Hemp is Hope Workshop" held August 9 at the Cameron Center on Maui to educate and inspire the community for a more self-sufficient Hawaiian future. The sold-out event included guest speakers Mike Bowman of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, Hemp Bound author Doug Fine, hemp house architect Tim Callahan, and Matthew Mead of Hempitecture.
Founding board members of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance Kelly King and Mike Bowman addressed the packed crowd in front of the hemp flag that had recently flown over the capitol building
in Lincoln, Nebraska

Over 25,000 products can be produced from hemp, one of nature's most rapidly renewable resources. Following the presentations, attendees had the opportunity to to make their own hempcrete building block. Other funders of the event included BioWillie Biodiesel, the Hawaii Community Foundation, the Maui County Office of Economic Development and Best Stoneworks whose owner Ray Best fuels his vehicle with biodiesel.  

Hot off the Press
Pacific Biodiesel is finalist for Sustainability Award

Pacific Business News just announced the finalists for its 2014 Hawaii Business Leadership Awards.  Pacific Biodiesel has been named one of of the businesses being recognized in the Leader in Sustainability category. The awards will be presented at the recognition celebration on November 13 at the Sheraton Waikiki.

New Faces in the Biodiesel Biz

The PBT ohana welcomes a new member to the Big Island Biodiesel team along with several new employees to Pacific Biodiesel Logistics.


Big Island Biodiesel:
Matthew Lane - Facilities Manager, Hawaii Islnd

Pacific Biodiesel Logistics:
Keoni Watson - Driver/Service Technician, Oahu
Stapphanie Kailiehu - Operations Assistant, Maui

Upcoming Events
PBT supports our partners in sustainability

McDonald's People Summit - Oahu
October 7 - 8, 2014, Pacific Beach Hotel
Pacific Biodiesel Logistics will be on hand to show our appreciation for McDonald's franchisees, managers and staff for the restaurants' commitment to recycle used cooking oil and grease trap waste into clean-burning biodiesel.  

Puna Sustainability Expo - Hawaii Island
October 11, 2014, 11am-3pm, Leilani Estates Pavillion
Presenting the benefits of locally produced renewable fuel production, Pacific Biodiesel will be in attendance at this 9th annual event.  Admission is free

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 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.
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