The fourth biodiesel plant producing pure B100 soy biodiesel from soybeans holds grand –opening ceremonies today, August 21, in Claypool. This one is not only the biggest of the four, it’s reportedly the biggest Integrated Soybean-Based Biodiesel-producing facility in the world.
The Louis Dreyfus Soybean Processing and Biodiesel plant will be officially christened with ceremonies today, involving Governor Mitch Daniels. The Indiana State Department of Agriculture, initiated under Governor Daniels administration, worked closely with the Louis Dryefus corporate officials to secure the plant in Indiana. Local officials in Kosciusko County were also instrumental in helping the company to decide to build its huge plant here.
ISDA is headed by Andy Miller, director, who has an intricate knowledge of business and the food industry, having operated his own company in the foods field. Lt. Governor Becky Skillmna, Indiana’s first official secretary of agriculture, was alos heavily involved in making sure that the plant landed in Indiana, not elsewhere.
LDCommodities, holding corporation for the plant, openly acknowledges that both the State of Indiana and the Claypool Community were instrumental in helping them work through the details that it takes to site such a large facility. LD Commodities says it’s concerned about environmentally sustainable energy solutions, and this plant is one step in that direction.
At one point this summer, it appeared that the Claypool plant might be overshadowed by a project elsewhere , and might not be the largest plant in the world. However, fine-tuning and tweaking to the design of the Claypool facility now still leaves it as the largest production plant for making B100 soy biodiesel.
Pure B100 is blended with petroleum diesel to produce various grades of bio-diesel. Most popular grades right now are B2 to B20. In the serviced area of Jackson-Jennings CO-op, in nine couth-central Indiana counties, the standard biodiesel on the delivery truck is B5. that means it’s 5% soy biodiesel in the blend.
Test shave shown that even a B2 blend helps pick up characteristics provided by soy biodiesel, including cleaner engines and less environmental emissions. Many school systems now run buses on soy biodiesel, most on B20 blends. Those who have taken measurements say there is proof that there is a more healthier environment not only outside the bus, but also inside, where students spend several minutes to an hour or more a day.
Look fro more details behind the scenes on what this new plant in Claypool means to Indiana and the local community in upcoming issues of Indiana Prairie Farmer, and here on the Web.