Baker Commodities Inc. provides “yellow grease” (recycled vegetable oil from deep fryers), and “tallow” or “lard” (from animal rendering processes) to biodiesel production facilities around the world.
Yellow grease and lard / tallow are truly recycled and renewable alternative fuels. These fuels are highly sustainable because they use recycled materials as a base instead of relying on virgin materials. Supplies of biodiesel can be renewed indefinitely because rendered materials and oil/grease are domestic co-products of the growing U.S. animal agriculture sector.
how it works
Once the materials are cleaned up, they are pumped into a biodiesel processor where operators work 24/7 to manufacture high quality biodiesel fuel. The raw ingredients are turned into biodiesel through a chemical process called “transesterification” that replaces the glycerin with three methanol molecules that attach to the fatty acids from the fat molecule. This separates out glycerin for use in soaps and other products and leaves behind Fatty Acid Methyl Esters (FAME), which is the technical term for biodiesel.
new leaf biofuel
In California, Baker has its own Biofuel facility in San Diego, New Leaf Biofuel, which processes used cooking oil from more than a thousand local restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals, casinos and other industrial kitchens throughout the state.
New Leaf Biofuel provides Southern California communities with an environmentally sound vehicle fuel source, produced from renewable or recycled resources. They make high-quality biodiesel, which fuels diesel vehicles with little or no conversion, from waste cooking oil collected from area restaurants.
Once the finished product is pumped out into holding tanks, it is then sold to local fleets and distributors. These fleets are using biodiesel blended with diesel in their engines, which directly displaces diesel fuel usage, thus reducing greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions by up to 80% and allowing everyone to breathe a little easier!