Springboard Biodiesel CEO wins award

By Ron Kotrba | April 26, 2010
Posted May 4, 2010

The CEO of Chico, Calif.-based Springboard Biodiesel, Mark Roberts, was honored recently with Innovator of the Year Award by the Chico Chamber of Commerce during a local annual awards ceremony held at the Chico Fairgrounds.

Roberts was honored with the award for his work in promoting small- to mid-scale biodiesel production both locally and nationally.

"The bottom line is biodiesel is good," Roberts said in his acceptance speech. "It's cheaper to make than diesel if you're making it in our machines, it's much better for the environment, and you can make it right here in the U.S. from a vast selection of vegetable oils."

Springboard Biodiesel manufactures and sells small-scale, fully-automated biodiesel processors, trademarked The BioPro line, and are used widely by businesses, universities, farmers and other groups who want to save money on their fuel costs while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The company is preparing to release a fully integrated, multifeedstock processing system this summer that will allow its operators to make ASTM-grade biodiesel from the lowest-cost feedstock available. The system is called the ILP, which stands for Intelligent Local Production, and Springboard Biodiesel anticipates its release will help to further promote local, affordable biodiesel production and usage.
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