by Roma Vivas
MIDLAND- Gary Johnson created his first biodiesel processing machine as a challenge from a friend. Now it has become his main business. Johnson says he has sold more a couple of hundred of his machines. They are scared all over the country and even around the world.
"It's designed to operate off a standard 110 wall plug, and we use waste vegetable cooking oil from restaurants," Gary Johnson of Biodiesel Processor Manufacturer, said.
Johnson says one gallon of vegetable oil can produce one gallon of biodiesel fuel. The machines can produce 45 gallons of the alternative fuel in about eight hours, which Johnson says is better for your car.
"You tend actually to get better gas mileage, because there is better lubricity in biodiesel. If you are pulling a load, you will not get quite as good as gas mileage, but if you are empty, you will get better gas mileage and at 45 cents a gallon, it's not that big of a concern," Johnson said.
Johnson is always making improvements to his design. One big goal, finding alternative fuels everyone can use.
"I feel like I hit it just at the right time, I've being doing for five years and it's being a little slow taking it off with the price of diesel as slow at it was but now that is has gone up people realize we have to do something, and this an inexpensive alternative," Johnson said.
With fuel cost so high Johnson says he is not surprised biodiesel is becoming more popular in the last few months, he has gone from selling one machine a month to about four a week.
"We've got quite a bit going on; a fellow out of Los Angeles is putting units in Cambodia. So not only are we are doing it here in the United States, it's a big deal everywhere else," Johnson said.
Johnson also says he has about 4 to 5 staff members working with him to be able to keep up with the demand.