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EAST BAY MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT GRANT FOR COST-EFFECTIVE FATS, OIL AND GREASE-TO-BIODIESEL PRODUCTION AT A WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT

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The East Bay Municipal Utility District is in the process of developing a system to produce biodiesel at the wastewater treatment plant in Oakland. This project uses waste fats, oils and grease as a feedstock. The East Bay Municipal Utility District is in the process of constructing the processing facility and installing two 30,000-gallon storage tanks. While lighter fats and oils are well suited to become biofuels, heavy greases such as brown grease are challenging. The experts will test improved ways to harvest the heavy greases and to reduce the sulfur content of biodiesel. Potentially the facility could produce approximately 300,000 gallons of biodiesel annually.

Grant Amount

$1,000,000

Match Funding

$1,574,834.

Project Benefits

The project benefits include a revenue stream for the wastewater treatment plants and technologies, ideas, and concept that can be emulated nation-wide. Potentially. the facility could produce as much as 60 million gallons of biodiesel annually and create between 150 to 300 permanent jobs. Biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 88 percent when made from these feed stocks, there by providing valuable air quality improvement.

Grant Agreement Number: ARV-10-022

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