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Turning Restaurant Waste Grease Into Biofuel

barrels of restaurant grease
EcoPlus’ new plant will put waste grease like this to good use.
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EcoPlus and Berkeley County, South Carolina have entered into an agreement for the development of a brown grease processing facility to be situated in Berkeley County, South Carolina. The plant will convert brown grease restaurant waste into a solid biofuel product.

Under the agreement it is the intent of EcoPlus to construct a company-owned and operated conversion facility costing in excess of $4 million. As an incentive for construction of the facility, Berkeley County’s Water and Sanitation has agreed to provide a five acre site to host the plant. Upon commissioning of the plant, Berkley County Water and Sanitation will cease to accept brown grease for treatment. The company anticipates construction to be completed in 2010, and the company is actively working to complete financing arrangements for the facility. The plant will employ the patented technologies controlled by EcoPlus for creation of the biofuel product.

Phil Hicks, President of EcoPlus, Inc., stated, “Our patented technology for conversion of brown grease is unique and gaining profile, due to its ability to produce a high-quality fuel.” Hicks continued by noting, “This company-owned project is within the footprint of the greater Charleston, South Carolina area, and provides substantial opportunity for biofuel production and for increasing shareholder value. We look forward to working with Berkeley County on this project.”

EcoPlus controls a patented, commercially proven technology that utilizes an environmentally friendly process for turning brown grease restaurant waste into a high-quality, solid fuel that can be employed on a stand alone basis, or co-fired with other fuels or biofuels. This fuel can be used as a coal substitute in steam powered electrical generating stations to help meet increasingly common and ambitious state regulations demanding alternative fuel utilization, or for industrial heat over a broad range of applications in areas such as food processing, or manufacturing, such as cement manufacturing, where green fuels for corporate green initiatives are in demand.

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