Propel opens Seattle Clean Fuel Point station

By Timothy Charles Holmseth | June 17, 2008
Web exclusive posted July 1, 2008 at 3:16 p.m. CST

Seattle, Wash.-based Propel officially launched its sixth Clean Fuel Point in Seattle on June 28. The 24-hour station offers B20 and B5 biodiesel fuel. A leading retailer of renewable fuels, Propel's Clean Fuel Point stand-alone stations use environmentally-friendly standards for design, construction and operation.

Construction on the fueling point began in April and took approximately 8 weeks to complete. "The station was designed to be environmentally sensitive," said John William, a spokesman for Scoville Public Relations which represents Propel. "Clean Fuel Points are small footprint, flexibly designed micro-stations that can be located at existing gas stations and new areas where it's convenient to fill. They allow us to add alternative fuels to the existing fueling infrastructure, at a low cost."

The Clean Fuel Point features a modern sleek look and is designed to incorporate sustainable best practices to minimize its impact on its surroundings.
The design of the station implements the following:
  • A canopy designed to conserve water and reduce storm run-off.

  • An ability to collect rainwater in a cistern neatly integrated into the canopy's western column.

  • A construction composed of nearly all recycled material.

  • A system that stores water and irrigates the landscape as needed; reducing dependence on the city's water supply.

  • An LED light system with photo-cells that provide illumination only as needed.

A cosmetic feature that compliments the fuel point is plant boxes, constructed out of recycled material, which grows feedstock crops such as canola, camelina, soy, and sunflower. The plants are symbolic and represent the type of plants used to create the fuel at the Clean Fuel Point.

Rob Elam, founder and chief executive officer of Propel, said the alternatives offered by Clean Fuel Points are good for the whole country, which is suffering. "It's never been more clear that we are being held hostage by our traditional reliance on cheap petroleum," Elam said. "Record high prices are crippling our economy while carbon emissions are threatening our environment."

According to Elam, Propel's Clean Fuel Points are good news because they represent an economic and sustainable alternative to petroleum fuels. "Propel offers customers something they've never had -- true choice at the pump. And with choice comes power," he added.
Ada Healey, vice president of real estate for Vulcan Inc., owns the site and said Propel has shown it's possible to raise the bar on environmentally sustainability.

"We get a lot of positive feedback for being convenient," Williams said. "Our customers, especially business customers, also like the CleanDrive functionality that allows them to track their carbon dioxide reductions and barrels of petroleum displaced, based on their fuel purchases. It helps them quantify the impact of their choice to use clean fuels, real time."

Propel plans to open more fuel points in the future along the West Coast, Williams said.
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