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Lowcountry facility will turn waste vegetable oil into fuel

(Charleston-AP) June 17, 2006 - The state's second biodiesel plant will open in an unused warehouse at a former Navy base to make the alternative, cheaper, cleaner fuel that will power the state's diesel cars and school buses.

The North Charleston plant will use waste vegetable oil from hundreds of area restaurants to make the fuel that can be used in just about any diesel engine.

The lease agreement was signed Thursday between the Noisette Company and Charleston-based Southeast Biodiesel.

Plant owner Dean Schmelter is a chemist and owns several chemical processing businesses throughout the Southeast. Schmelter says the plant was born out of an effort to create a fuel alternative for his own car.

Waste vegetable oil must be filtered and de-watered to make biodiesel. Fats that could clog fuel injection systems are removed. The process leaves behind the fuel and glycerin, a key ingredient in soap.

Posted 6:24pm by Bryce Mursch

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