A St. Joseph business is boasting a breakthrough. Blue Sun Energy has come up with a processing technology that could change the way companies make biofuel.
"the process allows us a choice of feed stocks that results in lower cost of goods," stated Bruce Baughman, Blue Sun's chief operating officer.
The feed stocks include animal fat and vegetable oil, which are used to produce biofuels.
"It's corn oil that's recovered from all these ethanol plants from around the region which is a recovery fat. In the past, the fat was left," added Baughman.
That process is an important step in creating alternative fuels.
"If you don't recover it, it stays in the corn mash and it goes back to feed cattle. You take the oil out then the corn mash can still go and feed cattle it just doesn't have the high fat value that it would otherwise have," stated Baughman.
Baughman says not only is the process unique, but it also impacts the bottom line.
"It opens up feed stock choices and product quality and efficiencies," stated Baughman.
Blue Sun specializes in research in the field of transportation fuels. The company hopes this latest breakthrough will help other companies lower costs and increase revenue. They will soon announce its next technology breakthrough, a major milestone in renewable diesel.
The company's goal is to reduce production costs to allow commercial production without support from the U.S. government. To learn more about the company, click here.