Crimson Renewable Biodiesel Project

Using two $5 million Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) grants awarded by the California Energy Commission, Crimson Renewable Energy LP is working to meet increasing demand for low-carbon biodiesel, used to meet state and federal emissions standards, and reduce the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions and water waste.

Crimson’s biodiesel facility is the largest biodiesel production and distribution facility in California. The plant produces biodiesel for the California market using feedstocks such as used cooking oil, animal fats, and waste corn oil from the ethanol production process. With the ARFVTP’s support, Crimson initially increased the facility’s biodiesel production from 10 million gallons per year to 17 million gallons per year. The company also reduced the carbon content of the biodiesel produced by increasing the facility’s ability to process ultra-low carbon feedstocks such as algal oil or sorghum oil from ethanol plants.

Additional ARFVTP funds further enabled Crimson to increase its biodiesel production to 22 million gallons, and enabled the exclusive use of ultra-low carbon feedstock. This also reduces the facility’s water consumption.

ARFVTP Award Amount
$10 million total, two $5 million grants

Funding Category
Biofuel Production and Supply

Bakersfield, Kern County

Top Photo: Crimson’s biodiesel facility in Bakersfield, Bottom Photo: Crimson’s biodiesel facility in Bakersfield
Photos courtesy of Crimson Renewable Energy LP.

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