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CEC Awards $1.86 Million for Yokayo Biodiesel

August 9, 2012 in Biodiesel, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Big Valley Ford Gets $114,000 for 19 Propane Vehicles

The California Energy Commission today unanimously approved funding of $1,974,330 for the expansion and upgrade of a biodiesel production facility and buy-downs of propane vehicles.

‘Our job is to pick up where nature left off,’ says Yokayo Biofuels, of Ukiah, Calif.

The AB 118 money will help “improve the environment, reduce use of foreign oil and help to fulfill the state’s pioneering climate-change policies,” CEC said.

Yokayo Biofuels of Ukiah, Calif, is to receive $1,860,330 to expand and upgrade its facilities, increasing its biodiesel production capacity from 1,400 gallons a day to 2,000 gallons a day using a pioneering enzymatic production process.

Yokayo collects used fryer oil from more than 1,000 restaurants and other facilities in Northern California for biodiesel feedstock.

‘Pioneering Enzymatic Process’ Cited

“The pioneering enzymatic process to be used in the facility is environmentally cleaner and more efficient than current methods, and also produces a higher quality biodiesel,” CEC says. “The process allows greater use of brown grease, typically from grease traps, which can only be used in very small quantities in traditional biodiesel production.”

At least one of the CEC-supported vehicles with Roush CleanTech propane upfits is expected to be a Ford F-p250 pickup.

The overall project is expected to cost more than $4.7 million, CEC says. Most of the money will be used for building new production, laboratory, and storage facilities, installation of three pipelines, removal of an existing structure, HVAC upgrades, fire prevention and safety upgrades, bioswale installation, and resurfacing of onsite hardtop.

The agency has also approved an award of $114,000 to Big Valley Ford, in Stockton, for the buy-down of 19 propane-autogas vehicles with fuel systems by Roush CleanTech.

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