Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Develop Biodiesel Manufacturing in Niagara Falls(ST7682-1)



New York State is seeing a rapid growth of interest in, and use of, biodiesel as a blending element for petroleum based diesel and home heating oil. From environmental and energy-independence viewpoints, biodiesel-based fuel blends are highly attractive options to straight petroleum diesel, where economics can justify their use. New York State not only has an energy- and environmentally-conscious populace, but also has a vibrant agricultural sector (that could supply crop seed-oils and/or animal fats as feedstock for biodiesel) and major urban areas that generate large quantities of waste restaurant greases ( that could also be recycled as biodiesel feedstock). This new company was formed with the intention of building a biodiesel and sodium alkylate manufacturing facility. (Sodium alkylate is a related product that can be used in the production of biodiesel.) A site in Niagara Falls has been selected, and work has begun to assess it.

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Project Description

The goal of this project was to help commercialize biodiesel manufacturing at an existing, unused manufacturing facility in Niagara Falls. Although the site may still be viable, this start-up company struggled and failed to obtain the financing necessary to implement its plan.


If successful, the project would have helped create up to 25 new jobs in Niagara Falls by 2006. Biodiesel has a positive energy balance and is degradable, making it environmentally friendly in the event of a spill. Use of used cooking oils as feedstock would reduce waste.

Project Results

Specific objectives included: 1) analysis of the potential of the chosen biodiesel manufacturing site; 2) site-specific preliminary process design and economics for the full-scale manufacturing facility; 3) pilot plant experiments with site-specific feedstocks; 4) assessment of local/regional feedstock sources, supplies, and costs, including both vegetable oil and/or recycled vegetable oils or animal fats; 5) identification of local markets and market demand; and, 6) identification and preparation of required New York State operational permits. Work completed included identifying and communicating with some local and national feedstock sources, obtaining samples, and analyzing them for chemical constituents. Portions of the permitting preparation were also explored.


21 Maple Leaf Rd
Mullica, NJ 08062

Principle Investigator

Frank Battino

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Indigenous/Renewable Energy Resources

Technologies Types:

NYSERDA Contact Information

Judy Jarnefeld


R&D - Environment & Energy Res

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST7682-1

Last Updated: 11/18/2010