Fluor outperformed biodiesel conversion estimates by 10 percent in the program's inaugural year, achieving a cost avoidance of more than $1 million in just 16 months. The program was originally estimated to save the U.S. government almost $700,000 in its first year of operation.
Using biodiesel to fuel the incinerators is a much safer option than traditional methods. Biodiesel is both biodegradable and non-flammable. While JP8 – the type of jet fuel used at the base – has a flashpoint of 98°F, biodiesel has a flashpoint of 300°F. Explosion-proof motors used on the new equipment makes the product safer as well in the event of a short in the machine.
Turning thousands of gallons of waste into environmentally-conscious fuel also significantly reduces the project's environmental impact. According to the California Air Resources Board, burning biodiesel instead of traditional fuel sources decreases carbon emissions by 92 percent.