It seems like no matter what kind of fuel it is, it always comes from the Middle East or Texas. The latter is the case here, as Greenline Industries (no relation to Saturn) and Valco Bioenergy have just started up a new 3 million gallon per year biodiesel plant in Harlingen, TX. In Greenline's pursuit of alternative fuel happiness, they have won EPA awards for their designs in biodiesel production facilities.
At the new plant they will be making their biodiesel from cotton seeds and other vegetable oils locally available. The remarkable thing about this new facility is that it started up literally without a hitch. According to Hollis Sullivan, Valco Bioenergy's CEO, it was "one of the most trouble-free start ups I have ever witnessed." Because of their extensive testing and planning, they are able to build their facilities quickly, and bring them up to full production capacity even faster. Of course, 3 million gallons per year in the grand scheme of things is really not a lot. However, if they can start more plants as quickly, they could be well on their way to being a biodiesel leader in the U.S.

[Source: Greenline Industries]


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