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Nashua Refinery Opening Is First Step for Keene’s City/College Biodiesel Project

Batchelder Biodiesel Refineries, LLC will host a grand opening of their first biodiesel refinery on Wednesday, December 17, from 6–9 p.m. at 29 Front Street in Nashua, N.H. (For more information about the event, please contact Christopher Langille at This new facility will convert yellow and brown waste grease into 100% ASTM-certified biofuel, a process that eliminates the “food vs. fuel” controversy created by biofuels like ethanol, which is processed from corn.

BBR plans to open a second refinery, the Monadnock Biodiesel Collaborative (MBC), in Keene in the early spring of 2009. Keene State College and the City of Keene are collaborating with BBR to create a unique private/public/college sector facility where business, research, education, and community service activities will support the community’s goal of creating sustainable practices to improve public health and environmental quality.

The Keene facility will house a BBR refinery to convert waste grease from across New England into more than 250,000 gallons of biodiesel per year, and will also provide KSC researchers with quality fuel for emissions analysis.

A KSC fuel-quality and emissions-testing laboratory located within the MBC will expand the college’s current fuel-emissions and exposure-assessment program, verify the quality of biodiesel produced by the MBC, and provide a sustainable funding stream to support student research and learning experiences from several disciplines across the Keene State College campus. The laboratory will build on Keene State’s research program in occupational and environmental exposure assessment for petroleum diesel and biodiesel (see COBRE grant article). As many as 50 students per year will be able to actively engage with faculty and staff in such areas as journalism, communication, education, refinery processing, chemistry, environmental science, business management, green business practices, occupational and environmental health, ecology, and public policy engagement.

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