SunPower Biodiesel opens new biodiesel station in Minn.

By Bryan Sims | October 03, 2011

Cumberland, Wis.-based vertically-integrated biodiesel producer SunPower Biodiesel LLC has opened a new B99 biodiesel fueling station in Duluth, Minn. 

According to Herb Blaser, logistics coordinator for SunPower, the company trucks biodiesel produced at its 3 MMgy plant in Cumberland to the newly-launched fuel station in Duluth, which is based on an original prototype design of a fueling station currently in operation on the site of its plant. The station is the first in Northern Minnesota to offer a B99 blend but, according to Blaser, the company intends to transition from B99, considered a summer blend in the Upper Midwest, to an additized B20 winter blend come November.

Blaser said that the company’s winter blend has been tested to withstand the frigid temperatures down to minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit. “The last thing we want is a failure out in the field, so we’re making darn sure we’re taking care of it,” he said.

The addition of the new 12,000-gallon fuel station in Duluth has been well-received by diesel drivers, according to Blaser, adding that the company is also offering an in-house promotion account, called ProKey, where customers can save an additional 10 cents per gallon without credit card charges.

“We had no advertising set right away and we still sold 1,000 gallons over our opening weekend just with the signage we had in place,” Blaser said. “We’ve got lots of inquiries.”

The successful opening of the new fuel station is just the beginning for SunPower. Blaser said the property has room to install additional pumps, a canopy and the company may consider installing blender pumps.

“Our next goal is to open up a similar station in Southern Wisconsin,” Blaser said. “We’re throwing it out there that if someone wants to work with us, we do have all the technology now and the resources. Because of our other stations that we’ve put in, we could work with someone to put their own station in and we could supply them with premium cold-flow biodiesel.”

 

 
 
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