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BDI-BioEnergy opens California’s largest biodiesel plant

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BDI-BioEnergy International has opened a next-generation biodiesel production plant in Bakersfield, California.
One of the key innovations is the patented RepCAT technology with a recyclable catalyst. BDI-BioEnergy International is a specialist in technology development and plant construction firm for biodiesel from Styria, Austria.
Following successful projects in Vienna, Hong Kong and London, BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH has now brought its new RepCAT technology to the US.
This is in partnership with Crimson Renewable Energy Holdings, LLC – the largest low-carbon biodiesel producer in the western US.
The plant will mainly operate with waste oils and fats collected in the local region, especially from central and southern California metro areas. The feedstock comes from restaurants, industrial kitchens and food processors, and rendering facilities.
“As a builder of special processing plants, it’s our mission to use our innovative technologies for a better environment. We are not just developing processes for safe utilization of waste oils and fats, we are helping the world get closer to the climate targets,” said Markus Dielacher, CEO of BDI-BioEnergy International.
BDI’s RepCAT technology makes biodiesel production more efficient and more sustainable. Compared to conventional processes, it is exceptionally flexible in terms of the kinds of feedstocks the process can accept.
This makes production more economical, because a great variety of lowest-value waste can be fully exploited.
“With this newest generation of biodiesel plant, we can respond to any changes in raw material availability and achieve the maximum possible flexibility,” said Harry Simpson, Crimson’s CEO. “BDI has been a terrific partner and its RepCAT technology is on track to produce a bit over 13-million new gallons for us per year, removing an additional 135,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.”