About Midlands Biofuels
Midlands Biofuels is a family-owned and operated recycling company located in Winnsboro, S.C. 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 specializes in custom blends of biodiesel that are designed to meet the specific needs of our eco-friendly clients. Our fuels and additives meet ASTM standards and are third 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. These similarities allow biodiesel to perform 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 biodegradable, nontoxic and, best of all, it's a 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, sulfur dioxide, hydrocarbons, and air toxins. These benefits make biodiesel an excellent fuel for marine engines because it reduces the negative environmental impacts that boats have in our waterways.
The U.S. has produced 4.6 billion gallons of biodiesel since 2005, which has 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 America's roadways.
Biodiesel has a positive energy 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 unit 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 percent when compared with petroleum diesel. The EPA decided to finalize a proposal to increase the 2013 volume requirement for biomass-based diesel under the RFS to 1.28 billion gallons from 1.1 billion gallons. This is a modest increase in the industry and puts it on course for steady, sustainable growth in the coming years.
The best thing about biodiesel is that it's produced right here in the USA!