While a problem may be new to a particular facility, it is almost certainly not new to Biodico as a whole.
We produce biodiesel from wide varieties of fats and oils from all over the globe. As the biofuel industry continues to grow, new feedstock sources are developed all the time. Oftentimes feedstocks spread regionally before they are adopted globally, even within the US. Different feedstocks require different pretreatment steps, have different reaction kinetics, and have different additive requirements. Once one facility has experience with a new feedstock, that experience is shared throughout the network. This is done on a more fundamental level than a phone call and a briefing. The data gained from processing and analyzing biofuel from every reaction run is incorporated into the algorithms that are used in the automated production of renewnable biofuel at Biodico’s production facilities.. Every new feedstock, new reaction, and new day makes the entire network smarter. In this way, every individual facility is a sensory point feeding information about smarter biofuel production to the hub.
Every new feedstock, new reaction, and new day makes the entire network smarter.
Biodico believes in the maxim “waste not, want not.” This is part of what drives us to find beneficial, energy-generating uses for our byproducts. It also means that we strive for efficiency in all of our production. Part of having an integrated biofuel network is that it allows us to track material uses, chemical uses, and production yields for all of our facilities in real time and to analyze true costs to the organization. If one of our facilities is taking 25% longer to run a process we can spot that immediately and investigate why. If process improvements or new materials are allowing a facility to produce biofuel more efficiently, we can implement those changes to all of our facilities. We are able to track all of these things through automatically generated data rather than relying on eyeball estimates.
Having an integrated network allows for the advantages of scale without the disadvantages of decentralization.
Having an integrated network allows for the advantages of scale without the disadvantages of decentralization. Local feedstocks can be used for local biofuel distribution. This cuts down on shipping and distribution costs, keeps the community engaged, and can lower the carbon footprint of the biofuel dramatically. At the same time, bulk purchases can be made, bulk orders can be met, and the G&A of a larger operation can be made available to an individual facility. The benefits of centralized R&D are extended to all of the individual locations and the findings of all the individual locations can be used centrally by the company.