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Biofuel BioCube™

Biodiesel can reduce carbon emissions by up to 70 percent and is 100 percent renewable. The BioCubeTM is a new smart commercial and community enterprises scale innovative solution that produces biodiesel from a variety of waste and renewable feedstock oils such as waste vegetable oil (WVO) from restaurants, canola, crude palm oil (CPO), soya, corn, coconut, pongamia and tallow.

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Biodiesel produced from the BioCubeTM can be used in any modern diesel engine and has a negligible carbon intensity index compared with fossil diesel. The BioCubeTM system can run off the biodiesel it produces off-grid consuming approximately three percent of its production, or using grid electricity where it is available. The system is considered an amazing solution for remote areas where fossil diesel is either expensive or unavailable. It can be operated by semi-skilled labor after a short training program that includes learning how to use the system’s easy-to-use visual touch screen interface.

One recent BioCubeTM customer was a Palm Oil Mill out in Congo, Africa that now uses the waste from the mill to power the trucks, tractors and diesel generators that keep the plantation running. The BioCubeTM system for this customer was manufactured in Canada by CBVL based in Coquitlam, BC and shipped to the Congo, including a trip upriver to reach the plantation location.

The BioCube™ is designed to robust marine engineering standards to last for 20 years or more in harsh tropical conditions and will run for a minimum of five years between overhauls. The only by-products of the BioCube™ system is glycerin and mulch, which are valuable commodities for anaerobic digesters or as a combustion fuel or fertilizer. This system is considered a green machine and may be able to provide liquid fuel alternatives to developing countries across the world.

By Efrain Esparza, ESG Writer

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Turning Food Waste into Cooking Gas: Using the Homebiogas System

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Residential food waste is something that is not usually considered a renewable source of energy, but a new innovation may change that perspective. The new Homebiogas System brings forth this opportunity to individuals and multi-family units. According to CalRecycle; Californians dispose of almost 5.6 million tons of food each year, which represents 16 percent of material going to landfills.

The inspiration for the Homebiogas System design came from rural off-grid areas of India that were able to produce enough gas for their cooking needs with the use of animal manure. Improving upon conventional designs and using cutting edge technology, the Homebiogas System has produced an efficient, modern, off-grid method to not only divert organic waste from landfills but to also produce a decentralized clean source of energy for residential use. The Homebiogas System can produce clean biogas of approximately 65 percent CH4 and 35 percent CO2. From up to six liters of food waste, the system can produce over three hours of cooking time. The system’s only other byproduct is a rich natural fertilizer solution that can also offset the use of chemical fertilizer for residential gardens and plants.

The Homebiogas Company has been around since 2011 and after having launched an Indiegogo campaign that was funded in less than 24 hours; Homebiogas is now shipping early bird units across 35 countries. The Homebiogas System is set to retail for over $1,500.00 USD, but early adopter specials are still available at $995.00 USD per unit–cheaper if purchased in bulk. The Homebiogas System stands to be one of the more innovative solutions to enter the marketplace, producing decentralized, renewable energy from waste.

By Efrain Esparza, ESG Writer