Biodiesel Generators Backup Community
The city of Oak
Ridge North, Texas is emerging as an alternative fuels
pioneer. The two-square-mile city, along with Saferenewables,
Texoga Technologies,BIOFUELS POWER CORP. (BPC), and HARC (Houston
Advanced Research Center's Southwest Biofuels Initiative) is
going green. The city will soon be the first in Texas to have
it's own biodiesel-fueled electric generator. The planned launch
date for the 5 Megawatt Generator is scheduled in the December
2006 / January 2007 time frame and will be powered by biodiesel
locally produced by Safe-Fuels. The station-wagon sized generators
are expected to produce enough power to supply 1,500 homes
on constant basis. Before the generators can be placed online,
they will have to be tested for emissions and other inspection
Biodiesel is not produced from Fossil Fuel supplies such as gasoline and diesel you buy at the pumps today. Biodiesel is produced from products like soybean oil which can be used in foods as well as to fry them. Biodiesel, when refined from used fry grease, and used as fuel for engines, produces much less smog and smells like French fries.
The biodiesel generator produces 90% less smoke, making it nearly emission free and will not reduce air quality. It burns cleaner than petroleum diesel, emits less cancer-causing carbon monoxide, and zero sulfur dioxide which contributes to acid rain. Power output from biodiesel is equivalent to petroleum diesel, and with a few additives, emissions are reduced.
According to Steve McGuire, CEO of Texoga Technologies, Biodiesel
dates back to the turn of the century, when oil was discovered
at Spindletop, Texas which is near to Beaumont, Texas the biodiesel
industry was driven out of the country and into Europe where
the cost per barrel of oil was higher. Today's diesel engines
are fully capable of running on Biodiesel without any modifications;
they can run on petroleum diesel one day and biodiesel the next.
Oak Ridge North, Texas
Ridge North, Texas Mayor Fred O'Connor, who has an extensive
background in the energy business along with other biodiesel
projects in Costa Rica, Colombia and Nicaragua, was quoted as
saying "These are small steps towards a larger goal towards creating fewer
emissions." "Some people believe in global warming, some people
don't get into that argument. What I can argue for is cleaner
air," he said. The generators are scheduled to be added
to the Centerpoint Electric Grid and afterwards, should the grid
go down, all of the homes on the grid would continue to have
power until repairs were completed. The project is being funded
by a $3.5 Million dollar investment from The Chicago Board of
Trade and Safe-Fuels will provide fuel for the public works force
at no charge, along with paying a fee for it's participation
in the project.
Alternative Fuel Energy Source in Texas
generators will consume about 400,000 gallons of biodiesel per
month resulting in supplying power from products such as soybean
oil, poultry fat, beef tallow, and cottonseed oil into the grid.
Centerpoint is designing a distribution facility and related substations
in order to implement the generators into the grid. According to
a spokesperson from Centerpoint, this is the first agreement to
be approved allowing a biodiesel powered generator into their electric
grid. The Oak Ridge North community receives electric power from
both Centerpoint and Entergy with a dividing line at Robinson Road.
Entergy is aware of the agreement with Centerpoint and has stated
that it will keeps it's options open regarding possible power generation.
BIOFUELS POWER CORP. (BPC)is interested in providing power into both
grids should an agreement be made with Entergy.