Grantees: Commercial Availability
Two commercial fuel dealers received grants through the Vermont Bioenergy Initiative to increase the availability biodiesel blends (B5 and higher) in Vermont for heating fuel, transportation fuel, or both.
D&C Transportation of Orleans owns and operates a petroleum bulk fuel tank depot in Newport comprised of five vertical above ground tanks with a total holding capacity of 273,000 gallons of fuel. A five-arm loading rack serves #2 fuel oil, off-road diesel, ultra low sulfur diesel, and kerosene to six fuel vending companies covering all of the Northeast Kingdom and portions of upper Central Vermont. The facility was converted to blend biofuel by installing a 12,000-gallon above ground tank (AGT) to store B100 product. In order to keep the B100 heated in the colder months, the AGT was housed inside an existing heated storage building. The tank was piped underground to the loading rack through a computerized blending/control valve bank. The Junge Controls Fuel Manager is reported to be user friendly. At this point D&C is blending fuel only in the warmer months when the ambient air temperatures are above 48 degrees, yet the goal is to provide a year-round supply of B2-B100 biofuel to their established customer base.
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Bourne’s Energy stores on- and off-road diesels and #2 heating oil at their main tank farm in Morrisville. Bourne's renovated the existing facility to blend biodiesel for sale to end-users in each of the distillate products that Bourne’s distributes. A well insulated 36’x 30’ steel building was constructed around a 20,000-gallon tank and an oil-fired furnace was installed to heat the building (and maintain the pure biodiesel at ~65 degrees Fahrenheit year round. As is the case with D&C Transportation, blending during the winter months is dependent on the weather. Junge "injection style" biodiesel blending equipment was purchased and installed (similar to D&C Transportation’s equipment, above) to allow proper blending for heating fuel and diesel. The blending equipment allows Bourne's to blend diesel fuel or home heating fuel to a specifically desired percentage. The product is mixed in the piping prior to passing through the loading arm to assure the proper blend is loaded onto the truck. Local blended biodiesel can now be sold to resellers, filling stations, convenience stores, as well as several "on-road" diesel customers who previously had to import at higher rates. As a result of this VBI grant, Bourne's Energy now uses injection blending to provide a minimum of B5 Bioheat to all their heating fuel customers. The B100 portion is made just over the border in New Hampshire by White Mountain Biodiesel, which supports Bourne’s efforts at keeping their supply local.
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