our products – bio-diesel

yellow grease

Bio DieselBaker 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.

Bio Diesel Process

greenhouse gases

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!

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fun facts about biofuels

  • About 1 billion gallons of biodiesel are produced annually
  • Biodiesel is added to petroleum-based diesel to reduce emissions and improve engine life
  • Biodiesel lowers particulate matter by 47%, reduces smog and makes our air healthier to breathe
  • Biodiesel reduces hydrocarbon emissions by 67 percent
  • Biodiesel reduces lifecycle greenhouse gases by 86%
  • For every unit of fossil energy it takes to produce biodiesel, 5.5 units of renewable energy are returned, the best of any U.S. fuel
  • Generates at least $3 billion for the U.S. economy rather than spending on foreign oil
  • Global biofuels production cuts consumption of crude oil by 1 million barrels a day
  • Most gasoline and diesel fuels in North America and Europe are blended with biofuel
  • The U.S. biodiesel industry supports 31,000 green jobs

(Sources, Biofuel.org.uk and BiodieselSustainability.org)