The antithesis of the new era of alternative fuels is the requirement that it compete with the pricing of Â legacy technologies.
The reality is that we must. We know this at Promethean. We work long and hard making something that with current technology is a craft, a science-assisted art form.
Yet it is more than that. We by necessity must wrangle order from the chaos and produce something reliable, to a standard that is arguably higher than that of the petroleum products we seek to enhance, extend, and ultimately replace.
We have been slowly increasing our production volumes. Our goal is to achieve 13,000 gallons per week in the next 60 days. Not an easily achieved goal, but the target has been set and so I have been diligently calling otherÂ rendering companiesÂ and grease transporters in an attempt to acquire enough oil to meet the production targets. This task has been made more difficult by recent price increases for used cooking oil in the commodities markets, in part due to reduced availability of the stuff in these recessionary times.
Theft is on the rise as well. Grease theft is an age-old problem of the industry, and is something that we are always attempting to find innovative ways to combat.
The challenges abound, and the road ahead still has a few sharp turns and blind spots to navigate. Nevertheless, our confidence grows in equal measure to our expertise.
Ultimately, to be sustainable our cooperative must function as a business, and a business eats sales. The road ahead ends in maturing our products and developing our markets. In the short term we need to focus our efforts there if we want to achieve our long term goals.
We are true believers. I am proud to be surrounded by like-minded idealists.
Make it a better place.