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.