Introduction

Human beings are part of the ecosystem, a system of living things that sustains all life on our planet. An understanding of this close connection with everything around us should make each of us mindful of the disruptive impact human activity can often have on our physical environment and on the many other living organisms we depend upon for our own survival. It doesn't always work that way.

Often, there isn't a profit motive to "doing the right thing", and so doing the right thing isn't the first option chosen. Eventually, however, we come around to correct the practices that have gotten us off course, and we hope that the corrective measures have come soon enough. Since the industrial revolution, the burning of fossil fuels has dramatically increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. We know, finally, that we must decrease our consumption of non-renewable energy sources (such as coal, oil and natural gas) to lessen the harmful effect of the greenhouse gases they produce. As a first step, we needed replacement products that could be efficiently produced without creating additional harmful consequences.

Initial attempts at producing biodiesel had the desired outcome of producing a fuel from local, renewable sources that generated fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Although the process wasn't terribly efficient or profitable, the industry was slow to search for improvements or refinements that would greatly advance the cause of biodegradable fuels. Until just now, no one had solved how to make more, higher-quality products from a greater variety of oils and fats that would depend much less on agricultural food production, afford new opportunities for emerging "energy plant" cultivation on marginal land and present opportunities for rural development worldwide. Benefuel's feedstocks don't compete for production assets providing necessary nutrition to the world's marginalized energy markets.

Now, Benefuel has developed new technology that will process waste oils and lower-grade fats/oils into fuel, chemicals and high quality glycerin. Our new technology has gone through five years of research and development and has been successfully proven at a demonstration scale. This remarkable new technology is the first significant upgrade in fats and oils refining since before World War I. It has created new possibilities.