Sources: Chaney Enterprises, Waldorf, Md.; New Generation Biofuels Holdings, Lake Mary, Fla.; CP staff
Waldorf, Md.-based Chaney Enterprises is the first ready mixed operator to adopt renewable fuel technology from New Generation Biofuels Holdings, whose vegetable oil or animal fat-derived formulations will initially power the Maryland independent producer's hot water boilers, followed by off-road vehicles. You can't just have a little office recycling and say you're green anymore, says Chaney CEO Bill Childs. The renewable nature of biofuel allows us to reduce the carbon footprint of every cubic yard of concrete we ship with something as easy as switching our boiler fuel.
New Generation Biofuels' current blend of soybean oil, water and proprietary compounds yields a fuel whose nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide emissions levels are below those of ultra low sulfur diesel. The fuel switch joins other Chaney green initiatives such as water reuse in concrete plants; recycling used motor oil for fleet maintenance shop heating; and, aggregate-mining property reclamation. The producer's annual Greenfest offers the public first-hand observation of these and other sustainable initiatives. Additionally, the company is eyeing National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Green-Star Plant Certification, which sets continuous improvement benchmarks for energy and resource conservation.
The Chaney Enterprises contract continues a pursuit of construction materials applications at New Generation Biofuels, whose formulations have also been used in hot mix asphalt production. Borrowing fuel-blending methods Fiat has used in Italy for internal combustion engines, the Lake Mary, Fla., company is adapting formulations to static boilers and generators in North America. New Generation, which is supplying Chaney Enterprises from a Baltimore blending facility, seeks direct sales from plants that it may purchase or build and sublicensing its technology to qualified licensees.