Fuels Bio-Blend Inc. is a bio-diesel producing company from various materials including ox tallow and vegetable oil. They are based in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and have an annual capacity of 2.6 million US gallons. The company is characterized by the production of biodiesel from pig fat recovered from commercial bacon production facilities.
History Bio-blend tank fuels
The company was founded in 2005 by Dan and Tracy Kaderabek’s husband and wife. It was originally launched only to supply the Kaderabek business ship with cheap fuel. However, in May 2009, a new plant opened with a capacity of 2.6 million US gallons (9,800 m 3 ) per year, which provides direct biodiesel to the pump for sale to the public.
The company is a very small player, even in terms of only the United States market, but in terms of Wisconsin, they have a significant share of the biodiesel market. However, they are far behind Wisconsin’s main producer, Sanimax, which produces 20 million US gallons (76,000 m 3 ) per year.
Bio-Blend fuels produce and sell% of biodiesel 100 (B100) manufactured from raw materials by a process called transesterification. However, unmixed biodiesel is problematic in that it tends to gel at a temperature of 32 ° F or less. For this reason, biodiesel is sold for use in private vehicles usually mixed with petroleum diesel., a common mixture is 20% biodiesel at 80% petrodiesel (B20). A mix gels of B20 at around 17 ° F, a total of 15 degrees below zero and is therefore much more reliable. Commercial users, on the other hand, such as agricultural vehicle operators, are better able to cope with B100 deficiencies with proper planning and may still wish to take advantage of the price difference. Bio-Blend fuels are selling B100 significantly below the national average cost of diesel. Other user groups may wish to reach a different commitment with a different mix.
For this reason, Bio-Blend Fuels have installed a patented mixing system in the new facilities. This is able to offer a mixture in the pump to the individual needs of the client. Direct sales to the public are made through an independent company, American Blending Fuel Systems that also carries out the mixing on site.
A number of sources are used in the production of biodiesel, including more traditional vegetable oils. However, much publicity surrounded Bio-Blend’s decision to source its main ingredient in pork fat. This is largely achieved by meat smelting plants that are producing bacon cooked with pork in the microwave oven. Fat is an unwanted byproduct of this process.
Among the claimed advantages of Bio-Blends biodiesel is that it has a sweeter smell than regular biodiesel. The product smells like bacon, unlike regular biodiesel, described by a critic, as smelling like “rancid popcorn.”
The company has stated that it is investigating the possibility of using algae as a raw material.