Pacific Biodiesel has begun harvesting its first crop of sunflowers. And that was under way Friday as business founder and President Bob King smiled broadly and rose into the air conditioned cab of a combine harvester bought from a farm in Northern California. He pushed buttons, set the device into gear and it rumbled to life, heading up and down the lines of dry sunflowers.
“It’s quite fun,” he said, seated about 12 feet over the bottom as the sunflowers slowly passed underneath.
Biofuel is run on by the device and does three points in sequence; it reaps, threshes and winnows the sunflowers.
The mix hauls its load of seeds to your drying device. From that point, the seeds are went to Pacific Biodiesel’s refinery on the Large Island, where they’ll be pressed into oil in a crushing mill. Parts of the plant that aren’t harvested will stay in the field as fertilizer.
Pacific Biodiesel plans to generate 3 2,775 gallons of biodiesel annually.
The plantation currently is the biggest bio-fuel plants task in the condition, the organization said.