As CEO of Washakie Renewable Energy, Jacob Kingston leads the Utah company in efforts to grow its biodiesel manufacturing operations. Under Jacob Kingston’s stewardship, the firm has become the major biodiesel producer in the Intermountain West.
A domestically produced fuel sourced from animal and plant byproducts, biodiesel represents a safe, green alternative to fossil fuels. In fact, biodiesel holds the distinction as being the only alternative fuel type that passed rigorous standards set by the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments.
Before animal and plant byproducts can be transformed into biodiesel, these raw materials must undergo a refining process that separates out glycerin from the fatty organic matter. What remains are methyl esters, the technical term for biodiesel. The chemical means by which experts achieve this separation is referred to as transesterification.
The final product is capable of powering engines that can run on diesel fuel. By replacing fossil fuel-derived diesel, estimates suggest biodiesel can reduce vehicle carbon dioxide emissions substantially, with carbon-reduction estimates as high as nearly 80 percent.
Jacob Kingston is an experienced engineer who currently serves as the chief executive officer of Washakie Renewable Energy, a company based in Plymouth, Utah. Jacob Kingston is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Founded in 1880, ASME is a nonprofit organization committed to unifying all engineering fields to encourage collaboration, skills development, and career enhancement. ASME serves a diverse membership of more than 130,000 from all around the globe, offering a wide range of quality programs, such as continuing education and government relations.
Attesting to the organization’s commitment to high-quality products and services, ASME recently received awards for two of its publications. Association Media and Publishing presented a Bronze EXCEL Award to “Mechanical Engineering 2017 Integrated Media Planner” in the promotional content/digital media kit category.
The association gave another Bronze EXCEL Award to “DEMAND – ASME Global Development Review” in the design excellence category. EXCEL Awards recognize excellence in the media, publishing, marketing, and communications activities of nonprofit organizations.