Biodico began with the operation of a demonstration scale MPU with an annual capacity of 100,000 gallons per year. Biodico maintains a used cooking oil collection route from Los Angeles to Goleta and makes its fuel from the waste products from restaurants such as UCSB, Cal State Channel Islands, the Naval Base, McDonalds, Popeyes, the Four Seasons, and many others.
Biodico is currently expanding its biodiesel production to 10 mmgpy and expects to be in commercial operation by the end of 2015. The facility will have all of the next-gen MPU components as described here (link to MPU page). Biodico was awarded a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) through the Naval Environmental Assessment and plans are in place to expand commercial biodiesel production to more Naval sites after the Ventura facility reaches commercial capacity.
Biodico’s primary laboratory facilities are based out of the CRADA site at the Ventura County Naval Base. Joint research projects with the Navy, grant funded projects, private feasibility studies, and internal R&D are performed on site. More information about laboratory capabilities can be found here (link to laboratory tab).
Biodico is also proud to host an internship program with UCSB for engineers and environmental science majors. Interns are involved with cutting edge R&D and cross organization projects with other universities as well as government, military, and other private organizations. For more information about internships please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 2003, Biodico has operated under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Navy through the Naval Facilities Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC; previously the Engineering Service Center). The goals of the Navy are twofold, energy security and energy sustainability. Biodico’s Naval operations and R&D are based out of Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme, California.
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