SAN DIEGO -- Green Star Products Inc. today announced that it has signed an agreement with De Beers Fuel Limited of South Africa to build 90 biodiesel reactors.

Each of the biodiesel reactors will be capable of producing 10 million gallons of biodiesel each year for a total production capacity of 900 million gallons per year when operating at full capacity, which is 4 times greater than the entire U.S. output in 2006.

The 2-ton reactors will be built by GSPI at their Glenns Ferry Facility in Idaho and delivered over the next 18 months. The first reactor was shipped Nov. 8, 2006, to South Africa by airfreight.

Joseph LaStella, president of GSPI, said Frik de Beer, president of De Beers Fuel Ltd., has assembled an array of Global Warming Reduction Technologies from all over the world, "which brings South Africa closer to a totally sustainable society."

De Beer's business model also includes a franchising strategy, developed by associate Hendy Schoonbee, for independent operators to participate in his plan and has already received financial commitments to build 90 biodiesel plants each at 10-million-gallons-per-year capacity. This said franchising strategy is a first in the world.

"The De Beers biodiesel plant, located in Naboomspruit, approximately 2 1/2 hours from Johannesburg, is currently in operation and will include some very unique features with modifications to upgrade technology," LaStella said.

These are:

  • GSPI reactors, which process raw materials into biodiesel in minutes (vs. one to two hours for the rest of the industry), will transform the De Beers plant into a state-of-the-art continuous flow process to increase efficiency and reduce operating costs.

  • The marriage of the two biodiesel production technologies will allow plants to be constructed at a fraction of the present industry costs and can be built in record time.

  • Presently, the De Beers plant is now operating at 10,000,000 gallons per year on sunflower seed oil as feedstock and has contracted for additional feedstock for additional plants.

    De Beers sees algae as the ultimate feedstock

    However, the final answer for biodiesel feedstock will not be oil crops -- it will be algae. For example, soybean produces only 48 gallons of oil per acre per year, canola produces 140 gallons per acre and algae can produce well more than 10,000 gallons per acre. This figure has been verified in actual algae field production tests by the U.S. Department of Energy in an 18-year Algae Study Program from 1978 to 1996. This makes algae the only worldwide feedstock capable of replacing crude oil. Making use of algae also means not competing with crops for food sources that would otherwise lead to an increase in food prices.

    De Beer has made great strides to acquire the latest algae production technology. In recent weeks, there have been many media articles about the success of the algae bioreactor operating at MIT, using the MIT CO2 exhaust boiler emissions as feed for the algae.

    Algae consumes CO2, a major global warming gas. After consumption of the CO2, the algae produces oil (for biodiesel manufacturing) and oxygen. Therefore, the process of using algae creates renewable, sustainable biofuel and reduces global warming gases to better the environment.

    De Beer has entered into an agreement with Greenfuel Technologies Corporation, and has purchased and removed the MIT bioreactor from Cambridge, Mass., and transported it to South Africa. It has been reassembled on the biodiesel plant site in Naboomspruit, South Africa, and is now awaiting the arrival of the algae to be inoculated to start production.

    At the Naboomspruit site, construction will soon be underway at the rail spur for a crushing plant to process oil from the planting of sunflowers throughout the region. De Beer also supports, along with the development of the algae growth technology, the local farming industry that will benefit with the planting of thousands of acres of sunflowers and other feedstocks for oils to be processed into biodiesel fuel.

    Most of the 90 franchised biodiesel plants are located close to electric power plants as well as other CO2 emitters, to use their stack emissions (CO2) to feed the algae farms when they switch over feedstock from oil seed crops to algae.

    GSPI is proud to be part of this De Beers Fuel Limited Team in South Africa and has already set up operations at its 90,000 sq. ft. Idaho facility to fabricate as many as 150 reactors per year to accommodate anticipated expansion of De Beers plant facilities into other countries.

    More information on De Beers Fuel Ltd is online at

    Green Star Products Inc. is an environmentally friendly company dedicated to creating innovative cost-effective products to improve the quality of life and clean up the environment. Green Star Products is involved in the production of renewable clean-burning biodiesel and other products, including lubricants, additives and devices that reduce emissions and improve fuel economy in vehicles, machinery and power plants.

    SOURCE: Green Star Products Inc. via Business Wire.