ABFA Viesel Interview
The latest installment of ABFA’s ongoing video series continues to tell the stories of innovation of the burgeoning advanced biofuels industry through the companies producing renewable gallons and breaking ground on new facilities – our members. Today we profile Viesel Fuel, which operates the only facility in the world using a combination of enzymes and resins to produce up to 11 million gallons of biodiesel a year.
ABFA spoke with Stu Lamb, President & CEO of Viesel Fuels, about our technology and the role of public policy on the growing advanced biofuels industry. “Viesel is a small refinery in Stuart, Florida that manufactures biodiesel, and we manufacture with a very unique process whereby we use resins and we use enzymes and we’re the only people in the world that use that combination,” said Lamb.
Interviewee: Stuart Lamb
Stuart Lamb: I’m Stu Lamb, I’m the president and owner of Viesel Fuels in Stuart, Florida.
Mary Ellen: Tell me about Viesel.
Stuart Lamb: Well Viesel is a small refinery in Stuart, Florida that manufactures biodiesel, and we manufacture with a very unique process whereby we use resins and we use enzymes and were the only people in the world that use that combination. And it’s a very cost affective low capitol process that allows us to make biodiesel to certification and were probably the lowest cost producer in the United States
Mary Ellen: And where are you again?
Stuart Lamb: In Stuart, Florida.
Mary Ellen: So tell me a little bit about how Viesel is impacted by public policy.
Stuart Lamb: Well you know we have to operate with mandates that the government establishes, and if the mandates are insecure it doesn’t allow us to work effectively and to plan and to get financial backing, if the policies the government has are inconsistent then we can’t go to the marketplace to get strong financial institutions to back our innovations and growth. And that puts a lot of stress on us and therefore we can’t prosper.
Mary Ellen: So what would you like to tell the government with regard to growing the industry?
Stuart Lamb: Consistency, consistency, consistency. We need a policy that we can understand that’s going to be consistent and that we can count on, we need the government as our partner, an d if the government can’t be consistent in partnership than we can flourish
Mary Ellen: Tell me you know is there anything else that could like to add or talk about in regard to production
Stuart Lamb: Well our production is very unique in that we use an enzymes and that the enzymes allow us to use varied amounts of feedstocks, any kind of feed stocks that are ….(restart question/response)
Mary Ellen: So tell me about production about commercialization.
Stuart Lamb: Our production is very unique because we can use various feedstocks, and the feedstocks we use quite frankly are recycled products, their practically worthless rights now and we can take these enzymes and them into a valued added product which turns out to be a renewable fuel.
Mary Ellen: Are you putting fuel into the market, are you creating RINs?
Stuart: We are absolutely creating RINs, we are absolutely creating gallons and we are going to be on track to produce about ten million gallons this year.
Mary Ellen: Excellent, can you explain a little bit more behind that?
Stuart: Well let’s just starts this, we’re currently in production, and we’re going to produce about ten million gallons of biodiesel this year using enzymes and using a variation of feedstock’s, were going to use some used cooking oil, we going to use some yellow grease, and were going to use some fish oil. And all of those are going to add up to be a wonderful biofuel.
Mary Ellen: I think that’s good. What is the biodiesel being used for?
Stuart: Well we’re using this biodiesel that’s being used in the transportation market, its being used in the marine market, in the agriculture market, we have a great deal of agriculture in Florida, and we sell to the farmers and to the transporters of livestock and the transporters of all sorts of grains and products throughout Florida.
Mary Ellen: I think that’s good.