Canada's Rothsay Plans Large Scale Bio-Diesel Plant

mtl_01.jpgHard to believe it took Canada so long to get in the biofuels biz. Maybe the cold was an obstacle. But we must say, this is no playing around. The owner of the first large scale production facility will be Rothsay, a division of Maple Leaf Foods, and Canada’s leading rendering company. Rothsay already collects edible and inedible food by-products from meat processing plants, grocery stores and restaurants, so this is just a logical extension of their business. According to Natural Resources Canada data, the 35 million litres of biodiesel that will be produced at Rothsay's Ville Ste. Catherine plant is equal to taking 16,000 light trucks or 22,000 cars off the road (122,000 MT of greenhouse gases). Look below the fold for some interesting excerpts borrowed from the Rothsay fact sheet. [NOTE: some links on the company's english version website seem to be broken or 'under construction'] - Biodiesel is as biodegradable as sugar and 10 times less toxic than table salt. This makes biodiesel ideal for use in environmentally sensitive areas. - Biodiesel has an energy balance between 3.2 and 5 units i.e. for every one unit of energy required to produce biodiesel, 3.2 to 5 units are generated. The calculation is based on the energy required to grow, collect, transport, and process the feedstock, and the type of feedstock.

- Biodiesel is safer to handle and transport than petroleum. - It can be used in all diesel vehicles with minimal or no engine modifications and provides as much power as normal diesel fuel. It can be used in cold climates in blended form, generally B20 (refers to a blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel). - In a B20 blend, biodiesel typically adds less than one cent per litre to the cost of the fuel. A very small price to pay considering the many environmental benefits.

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