SunPower adds public biodiesel station in Wisconsin

March 17, 2011
Cumberland, WI-based SunPower, maker of its Premium Cold Flow Biodiesel brand, has added a public biodiesel fueling station at its facility in Cumberland. The company said the fueling station is part of the early stages of an operational expansion plan. The credit card-controlled fueling station was slated to be operational by March and when up, will run 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Cumberland, WI-based SunPower, maker of its Premium Cold Flow Biodiesel brand, has added a public biodiesel fueling station at its facility in Cumberland. The company said the fueling station is part of the early stages of an operational expansion plan. The credit card-controlled fueling station was slated to be operational by March and when up, will run 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

SunPower said three blends of its premium cold-flow biodiesel will be available at the public pumps:
B11 (11% biodiesel), B20 (20% biodiesel) and a B99 blend (99%biodiesel). The blends include traditional diesel fuel with a winter additive to increase engine performance.

“ The owners of SunPower Biodiesel are ecstatic that the dream of locally grown fuel-- available to the public--- is now a reality for the people of Northwest Wisconsin,” said SunPower CEO Ron Ruppel. “We welcome all consumers to try our fuel, and are confident that all will agree that locally grown diesel fuel is superior to all the other available diesel fuels in our marketing area. We envision the day when none of us in rural America will be held hostage to imported oil! “

According to SunPower, its biodiesel has a higher cetane rating, has 10 times the lubrication properties, and produces up to 50% less emissions than petroleum diesel fuel—“making it a greener fuel alternative that is just as efficient as petroleum diesel.”

In a 60,000-gal market test, SunPower said users of its biodiesel reported “more power, cooler-running engines and increased mileage.”

SunPower uses biodiesel in its own flee, and recently added a hybrid diesel-electric truck that it said has
“an increased fuel economy of 20-30% and meets emissions, anti-idling and noise regulations.

The purchase of the truck and fueling station equipment was made possible with substantial funding from the Wisconsin Clean Transportation Program.

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