Produced from the valuable animal processing waste stream and used fats, oils and grease (FOG) we collect and recycle in our rendering facilities, Valley Proteins, Inc. is a major contributor in the manufacture and use of biodiesel feed stock and biofuel (for boilers). With the plant capacity and infrastructure of our efficient conversion facilities already in place, and the quantity and quality of raw materials we acquire from our suppliers, Valley Proteins possesses the capabilities to easily produce biodiesel feed stock and boiler fuel that meet or exceed the quality standards specified by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM D 6751).
Valley Proteins’ sustainable biodiesel feed stock is produced from the animal fats and FOG we collect and recycle in our conversion facilities. Our fats are used to produce 100% biodiesel, and biodiesel/diesel blends, for use in diesel engine systems. Our biodiesel feed stock meets the quality standards specified by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM D 6751) for use in diesel engines, and has passed the testing requirements of the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments.
Valley Proteins biofuel for industrial boilers is a scientifically-proven alternative for heating oils and natural gas. Produced from the animal fats and FOG we collect from suppliers, our biofuel can provide an economical alternative energy source for use in industrial boilers. In fact, our own plants have been utilizing biofuel as heating fuel for over 15 years, confirming that animal fat is a viable, and often economical, option for heating and emissions concerns. And, just like traditional heating oil, Valley Proteins will deliver our biofuel directly to your facility.
Used alone, or as an additive, our biofuel has been proven to reduce sulfur emissions for cleaner air. Created from our renewable raw materials, these biofuels not only contribute to a cleaner environment and our local economies, but also help decrease our dependency on foreign oil.
In a boiler room, the transition from No. 6 residual oil to biofuel is seamless – no alterations to the heating system are needed. Our clean-burning boiler fuel is completely interchangeable with No. 6 fuel oil. A clean insulated, heated tank (10,000 capacity) with a float level indicator is required. To begin burning animal fat, simply burn down the existing No. 6 fuel in the tank and add clean animal fat – changeover can occur immediately without boiler shutdown. To keep the heating system running smoothly, it is recommended that a duplex filter be installed in the oil supply line between the fuel storage tank and boiler to avoid any unnecessary downtime.
With proper changes to boiler configurations, Valley Proteins’ biofuel is also a reliable alternative to No. 2 residual oil and natural gas. To make the conversion, the boiler needs to be set up as if it will be burning No. 6 oil. This generally includes the installation of an oil heater, air pump and atomizer, oil return line, filter, metering valves, nozzle and related components. As with the conversion from No. 6 oil, a duplex filter keeps the system running smoothly.
Boiler fuel can be mixed with heating oil to produce a blend, or delivered directly into No. 6 fuel oil tanks without disrupting plant operations or creating additional maintenance. Typically, boiler fuel is produced in a variety of blends – 20% biofuel is considered acceptable for use in existing furnaces without modification.