About Midlands Biofuels
Midlands Biofuels is a family owned and operated recycling company located in Winnsboro, SC. We recycle waste vegetable oils (WVO) generated from local restaurants and other food service industries throughout the state of South Carolina.
Our mission is to increase the availability of alternative fuels in South Carolina and create sustainable jobs in the biofuels industry.
Midlands Biofuels specialize in custom blends of biodiesel designed to meet the specific needs of our eco-friendly clients. Our fuels and additivesmeet or exceed ASTM standards and have been 3rd party tested and certified for quality.
What is Biodiesel?
Biodiesel is made from a diverse mix of recycled sources, such as recycled cooking oil, agricultural oils and animal fats, called feedstock. These feedstocks are then processed through a chemical reaction to produce the chemical compound methyl ester. This compound is commonly referred to as Biodiesel for its distinct similarities to petroleum diesel. This similarities allow for biodiesel to preform the same combustion duties of petroleum diesel in a diesel engine. Biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that can be used in existing diesel engines without modification. This clean alternative fuel is renewable, biodegradable, nontoxic and domestic fuel.
Biodiesel Facts, A Positive Alternative:
Biodiesel is produced in nearly every state in the country and Midlands Biofuels is one of only two locations in South Carolina.
Compared to diesel fuel made from petroleum, Biodiesel produces fewer air pollutants, such as particulate matter, carbon monoxide, sulfer dioxide, hydrocarbons, and air toxins. These benefits make biodiesel an excellent fuel for marine engines because it reduces the negative enviornmental impacts that boats have in our waterways.
Biodiesel is produced in nearly every state in the country with Midlands Biofuels being one of only two locations in South Carolina. Biodiesel supported more than 39,000 jobs and $3.8 billion in GDP.
The 4.6 billion gallons of Biodiesel produced in the U.S. since 2005 have displaced petroleum diesel fuel and reduced life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions by 56.2 billion pounds. This is equivalent to removing the negative impact of 4.96 million passenger vehicles on Americal's roadways.
Biodiesel has a positive engery balance, producing 3.2 units of energy for every unit of energy used in production. In contrast, petroleum diesel produces 0.89 units of energy for every unti of energy used in production.
This is the first and only EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel being produced on a commercial scale across the country. The EPA has determined that biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 57 86% when compared with petroleum diesel. The Epa decided to finalize a proposal to increase the 2013 volume requirment for biomass-based diesel under the RFS to 1.28 billion gallons from 1.1 billion gallons. This is a mondest increase in the industy and puts it on course for steady, sustainable growth in the coming years.