SBO Award Winners 2013: SeQuential puts things in order
By Andy Giegerich
Digital Managing Editor
SeQuential's biofuels are far cleaner than petroleum in that the items emit up to 78 percent less carbon dioxide and other harmful gases.
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At SBO, we’ve long been intrigued by SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel’s mission. The Portland alternative energy producer collects waste cooking oil and converts it into usable fuels.
In and of itself, that’s a worthy goal. But we became even more captivated this spring when SeQuential revealed it had struck agreements with two massive cooking oil generators: the Seattle Mariners’ Safeco Field and the Seattle Seahawks’ CenturyLink Field. SeQuential is now collecting used cooking oil from those two stadiums along with Pike Place Market, the University of Washington and Taco Time Corp.
In late summer, SeQuential announced a similar deal with the University of Oregon. All told, the company’s working with more than 7,000 restaurants and other waste generators.
Once it’s gathered, the waste will become clean-burning biodiesel fuel through a closed-loop production cycle. It’s far cleaner than petroleum in that it emits up to 78 percent less carbon dioxide and other harmful gases.
The company’s regional supplying partners include Laurelhurst Oil, Snohomish Co-Op, Hans VW, Dr. Dan’s FuelWerks and Espresso Express. Restaurants working with SeQuential can receive financial rebates for their used cooking oil. The company sells the resulting biodiesel throughout the Northwest.
SeQuential just produced its 20 millionth gallon of biodiesel fuel and expects to make more than 6 million gallons in 2013. Its employees are also mindful that they’re reducing the amount of carbon dioxide and other hazardous pollutants being released into the atmosphere.
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