Diesel Biofuel Truck Sunshine BiofuelThe Cost Effective and Green Alternative to Diesel

Sunshine Renewable Diesel biofuel is made from recycled cooking oil. The fuel is refined through our proprietary process which passes even the most stringent tests.  It meets critical ASTM D396 fuel oil standard except for viscosity at room temperature, however, at operating temperature it has a viscosity of 7 cst consistent with ASTM D6751 Biodiesel so it is a good lower cost substitute for diesel engines. Since we do not employ expensive petrochemicals in our process like Biodiesel we can offer significant savings when comparing the two fuels.
Today concerns about global warming, the uncertainty of global crude oil supply, and the politics of countries where new oil supplies are being discovered, is rapidly renewing interest in Biofuels. Sunshine Renewable Diesel fuel is not only more environmentally friendly; it also assures energy independence for companies, countries, and is quickly replacing new jobs that have been lost to global competition and technological advances. Of the many Biofuels available, Sunshine Renewable Diesel presents the greatest value to diesel engine owners.

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Sunshine Renewable Diesel is a better solution for customers that have large diesel or fuel oil bills per boat, tractor, truck, generator, or non profit fleet. This is because our company establishes regional, smaller scale, efficient, in line processing plants that do not rely on government subsidy or your hard earned tax dollars to make our fuel and stay in business. We also do not use more than 3% per unit volume of chemicals to make our fuel which puts us at an additional cost advantage to Biodiesel.

Beyond our lower production cost, we are a community focused business. We are collecting Used Cooking Oil feedstocks from restaurants and food processors close to our plant, paying top dollar for it, and then delivering the finished Sunshine Renewable Diesel a short distance to your boat, truck depot, generator, or non-profit organization. Without large debt overhead, long transportation distances, and expensive chemicals in each gallon we can share our margin with our local restaurant partners and save money for local businesses that rely on large volumes of diesel or fuel oil to do their job. We think this model is more sustainable, more agreeable, and well, maybe uses common sense.

Sunshine Renewable Fuel Development

The development of Sunshine Renewable Diesel’s business concept, formulation, refinery, and the duel fuel systems that allow its use in high speed diesels has evolved out of more than 20 years of research and development by unique and innovative thinkers in Germany, Western Europe, Indo-China, South America, and the United States. Much respect and credit should be given to these forward thinkers and institutions who provided the ground work for our team.

Sunshine Biofuels team has spent the last 7 years and close significant capital dollars in the development of these ideas in to a holistic, practical, economical, product set and business model that benefits both the suppliers and end fuel users to a greater extent than any other solution on the market in the US today. Our Sunshine Renewable Diesel Product is a proprietary product, as is the processing equipment we have designed, and the process we use to make it. In addition, Sunshine Biofuels has contributed to the development of the fully automated dual fuel technology that is offered by Green My Fleet to high speed diesel engine owners who wish to save money with Sunshine Renewable Diesel Product.

This work was done so that we can save you money with a secure and affordable fuel.

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Sunshine Renewable Diesel is not Biodiesel nor used cooking oil (UCO)/WVO either.

Caveat Emptor “Let the Buyer Beware” Sunshine Go is often imitated never duplicated

To be clear, Sunshine Renewable Diesel is not Biodiesel since we do not transesterify the oil with Methanol & Potassium Hydroxide solution but it is NOT used cooking oil (UCO) either. We buy used cooking oil by the tanker load from local collectors and if it were as simple as pushing it through a filter putting a label on it and delivering it to you we would do it gladly and save you more.

In fact, there is wild quality variance in the one Used Cooking Oil (UCO) supplier to the next. This variance has been observed in working with one load to the next from the same supplier.  One vendor may call their UCO Used Cooking oil but it may have 8% water and 15% Free Fatty Acid by volume while another may call their UCO the same product but have 5% Water and 7% Free Fatty Acids and they might charge the same per gallon. If you cannot evaluate the quality of the feedstock and its effect on fuel as it relates to engine performance don’t buy it! Many times in our experience these people do not have the tools to evaluate their own product let alone the industry knowledge in engine design, organic chemistry, mechanical engineering/combustion cycle theory, fuel system design, and quality control to begin thinking about selling an engine fuel. That is why they sell UCO to companies like us or try to sell to you.

In our years of research and development we have discovered that all that glitters is not in fact gold and refining fuel from used cooking oil feedstocks is not as simple as it sounds with consistency. Sadly those who have the most to gain from researching and developing how to manufacture fuels from UCO have the least amount of time to do it. Typically because they are trying to keep all their cargo and vehicles in motion!

Beware of companies that offer Used Cooking Oil (UCO) as “fuel”. If it were truly that easy there would be more people doing it and goodness knows we would be at the forefront. If they tell you they “clean” their oil real good, or cannot offer you a recent certificate of analysis from a professional laboratory then they cannot guarantee any outcome and the law protects the seller from the buyer. Caveat Emptor “Let the Buyer Beware”

Low and Medium Speed Diesel Engines

For low and medium speed diesel engines, Sunshine Renewable Diesel can be used as a “drop in” extremely low sulfur replacement fuel. Low and Medium speed engines are defined by operation speed and run between 100 and 900 maximum RPM. These engines are usually large and found in locomotives, power plants of 1MW or greater, medium to large scale ships, and industrial plants.

High Speed Diesel Engines

For High speed diesel engines with operating speeds exceeding 1,000 RPM, a simple dual fuel system is used to allow the engine to start on diesel fuel then switch over when warm to Sunshine Renewable Diesel Fuel 100%. The engine in the boat, tractor, truck, or generator will operate on Sunshine Renewable Diesel while it is working then when shut down will switch back to diesel fuel while not in operation. This entire process is controlled by an Automated Fuel Controller (AFC) which is installed before fueling. The only difference to the operator is remembering which tank to fill with the Sunshine Renewable Diesel and where the Diesel fill is since it may be months in between use!

Storage

Sunshine Renewable Diesel is less risky, less hassle, and cheaper than diesel to store on your site! Because our fuel is vegetable oil based, does not use dangerous chemicals in its manufacture, and has a higher flashpoint than petroleum Diesel it does not need to be treated as a hazardous material. Spills can be cleaned up with typical absorbent materials and discarded without concern for ground contamination or EPA notification.

Containers should be double walled but can be plastic with aluminum reinforcement as with simple 275 IBC liquid cube containers. Pumps, fuel line, and meters do not need to be class I Div I certified making them available at a fraction of the cost of existing equipment for diesel. Sunshine Renewable Diesel can basically be stored with the same precautions as new vegetable oil. This dramatically lowers the risk profile, hassle, and expense for companies currently storing large volumes of petroleum diesel fuel on their property, close to the water, or having to maintain handling equipment that is expensive and replaced frequently.

Delivery

Sunshine Renewable Delivery is available for delivery to any marina or private residence with an advance appointment. Because of the non hazardous nature of the fuel, it can be delivered to small inexpensive containers and stored alongside your home and in less than tanker load quantities. Want to fuel your sport fish with our fuel, no problem we can deliver 200 – 2000 gallons to your home or business location. Have a large vessel that requires multiple tankers to fuel, no problem we can supply multiple tankers to fuel larger vessels before they embark on large voyages. The more you use the more you save.

Better than Biodiesel

The problem with the US Diesel biofuel market place is the typical US Biodiesel model. Funding a new Biodiesel venture is extraordinarily expensive, requiring millions of dollars up front with large and unknown risks for investors. In order to receive millions of dollars of funding, you have to plan to make a large facility that processes huge volumes of biofuel feedstocks like Used Cooking Oil, Raw Vegetable Oils, and other products into Biodiesel to allow for a return to the investors in a short period of time. A return that justifies the risk of the venture.

In order to manufacture huge amounts of biofuel feedstocks into Biodiesel you have to transport huge volumes of feedstocks to and from the factory. The transportation of these feedstocks to a centralized processing location and the redistribution back out to the market is very expensive when divided out by each gallon made.

To make matters worse, Biodiesel manufacturing is relying on government subsidies (as much as $1.50 per gallon) available to these companies that manufacture Biodiesel with about 18% Methanol (an expensive petroleum product) and Potassium Hydroxide (high grade caustic/explosive chemical) and then they have to agree to sell it to an oil company that will then blend it with the petroleum supply through established petroleum fuel distributors.

So on top of having large debts to pay, large scale transportation costs, they have to rely on the oil and chemical company’s products low price, and a government subsidy to stay in business. Each issue eats up margin so by the time it gets to you it is pennies per gallon.

Additionally, the small savings afforded by Biodiesel is spread out very thin in B20 (20% Biodiesel and 80% Diesel blend) blends with regular diesel. So Biodiesel in the form of B20 won’t save you a fortune but it will help us reduce our consumption of foreign oil and carbon emissions.

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