Pacific Biodiesel
 renewable sustainable community-based
Pacific Biodiesel Newsletter
October, 2015 
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Pacific Biodiesel acknowledges environmental champions currently fueling with biodiesel including:











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Big Island Biodiesel on Track in 2015
Increased production with reduced resources       
  We have been very busy and active here at BIB this past year.  Monthly production volume has been steadily increasing throughout the
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Tony Pastrama, Big Island Biodiesel Plant Manager 
year; just this past quarter we surpassed two million gallons of high-quality biodiesel made for the year and we are still running strong.  We have had our highest per-shift production average in September since the plant started three years ago, a tribute to the efforts of the entire team.
  Over the past months, Doug Olds, BIB's Research & Development Specialist, has been working to make our facility more efficient and reduce our resource use.  We have been able to successfully decrease our water consumption in the production process by almost 50% as well as reduce our use of chemicals. Our Operations Team Manager, Ke Kai Kaleleiki, has focused on boosting safety awareness, communication and teamwork among the plant operators and the rest of the employees this past quarter. As we move toward the end of 2015, we look forward to further increasing the plant's production volume as well as continuing the positive impact that we've had on the community.
Contributed by Tony Pastrama, Plant Manager 
Sunflowers above the Hamakua Coast
Test plots bloom on Hawaii Island        
Test plots produced fields of beautiful sunflowers!     
   Nice to know that biofuel crops can look this pretty! 
Nation's Strictest Regulatory Board Affirms Biodiesel as Lowest-Carbon Fuel
As much as 81% better than petroleum      
  We knew it all along, but now it's official!  In a fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, California's Air Resources Board has spent years looking for the cleanest, most efficient ways to cut carbon. Turns out, biodiesel is at the top of the list,  reducing green house gasses by as much as 81 percent versus petroleum.  Read the full article here.
Tanks a Lot!
New ISO tank containers arrive in Honolulu  
   Pacific Biodiesel Technologies is sporting a new look for its locally produced, high quality fuel delivery with the arrival of 30 new tanks last month, which will help support increasing production at Big Island Biodiesel.  Mahalo to First Hawaiian Bank for backing this important addition to our sustainable, community-based operations!  
King Offers Insight at Montana Conference
   Pacific  Biodiesel  Vice-President  Kelly  King  was  one of the guest speakers at  the  Harvesting Clean Energy Conference in
Billings, Montana held late last month.  In her presentation,"Hawaii's Emerging Ag/Energy Economy -  20 Years of Innovation Leads Back to the Farm", King explained how the company has responded to the challenges of the U.S. biodiesel industry with new technology innovations, creative by-product development and by embracing agriculture potential with a Food and Fuel approach.
Zero Waste Conversion Process 
Potential game changer in sustainable agriculture      
Inoculation tank on the algae production slab 
"The USDA's PBARC (Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center) initiated the Zero Waste Conversion Project in 2010 with a vision of demonstrating that the process of converting waste into fuel and feed can be produced on a commercial scale. Their work caught the attention of the Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC) who funded a mini-pilot project using papaya waste as a carbon source.  With papaya growers losing an estimated 35 percent of their annual yield as unusable culls, commercialization of the process to use this papaya waste could potentially  benefit both the papaya growers and the entire agriculture industry.  New markets providing additional revenue may be generated from papaya culls and the by-products from those culls, including locally produced feed and fertilizer. 
 Opened in May, the Zero Waste lab is   used to grow purified algae at bench  
scale quantities and for quality control  
for the commercial scale process.
Earlier this year, while land was was being acquired, ADC entered into an agreement with Pacific Biodiesel Technologies to scale up the project for feed production by establishing a temporary demonstration facility on the Big Island Biodiesel refinery site. The partnership allows the equipment modifications and land acquisition to occur simultaneously, while PBT contributes it own resources and expertise to help complete this phase of the project. 
PBL Receives Platinum Certification
Pacific Biodiesel Logistics awarded highest level 
  Pacific Biodiesel Logistics received platinum status in the first year of the Hawaii Clean Fleet Certification program, sponsored by Blue Planet Foundation and Honolulu Clean Cities, with help from the Hawaii Department of Transportation.    
Pacific Biodiesel fleet vehicles now feature the Hawaii Clean Fleet decal.  PB is just one of two organizations receiving platinum certification for 2014-2015.
  The platinum certification is the program's most prestigious level, reserved for public or commercial fleets that exclusively use renewable fuels or electricity for all vehicles in their fleets.
 Also receiving platinum certification is long-time marine biodiesel user Extended Horizons.  Certified status was achieved by Hawaii Electric Light Co., Honolulu Board of Water Supply and DHX Dependable Hawaiian Express.  To learn more about the Hawaii Clean Fleet Certification program click here.    
Primo Parking for Biodiesel Users 
Pacific Biodiesel employees "walk the talk"      
  We've all seen those convenient parking spots reserved for EVs.  At Pacific Biodiesel, those front row spots are reserved for employees  and customers using locally produced biodiesel.  More than a third of our Hawaii Island employees run their personal vehicles on our renewable fuel!  Mahalo to all Pacific Biodiesel employees across the state who are "walking the talk" of renewable fuel.
Employee of the Quarter Named
Big Island Biodiesel recognizes Kekona
  ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alu ʻia:  No task is too big when done together by all", is what Ledreck Kekona wanted to say about being named Big Island Biodiesel's Employee of the Quarter.
  Ledreck started with the Company in January 2013 as a driver and service technician for Pacific Biodiesel Logistics' Hawaii Island division.  He transferred to the Big Island Biodiesel team in April 2014.    
  "As Shipping and Receiving Supervisor, Ledreck is at the front end of our systems,  pivotal to the success of our operation all the way down the line," noted Plant Manager, Tony Pastrama.  "His work ethic sets a great example and his positive attitude is felt by each and everyone of his team members."  When asked about working at the company, Kekona said, "I'm an outdoors guy so I love what the company stands for - a greener environment for our future generations".
   The Employee of the Quarter is voted on by the entire Big Island Biodiesel team, making the award even more meaningful to its recipients.
New Faces in the Biodiesel Biz
The PBT ohana welcomes new members:
Pacific Biodiesel Technologies: 
Reyn "Kealii" Kahaapea - Supply Chain Assistant, Hawaii Island

Pacific Biodiesel Logistics:
Matthew Warzecha-
Driver/Service Technician, Hawaii Island

Big Island Biodiesel:
Hiilani Bona - Plant Operator, Hawaii Island
Brandon Quesdada - Facilities Technician,  Hawaii Island  
Gregory Robichaud - Plant Operator, Hawaii Island

Daniel Smallwood - Intern, Hawaii Island
Tom Atkinson - Facilities Technician, Hawaii Island
Upcoming Events

Friday, October 2, 2015
National Manufacturing Day Hilo Tour

Big Island Biodiesel will be one of the stops on the Hilo tour for National Manufacturing Day, highlighting the importance of manufacturing to our community and the U.S. economy.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015  
Hawaii Energy Policy Forum,  
Annual Summit      
YWCA Fuller Auditorium  
Friday,  October 16-17, 2015

188th HLTA General Membership Meeting
Wailea Beach Marriott
Pacific Biodiesel Logistics will showcase its partnership opportunities for Hawaii's hotel and allied membership at this year's annual meeting on Maui.

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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