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Green Star Products Delivers Biodiesel Reactor to Odessa, Washington
Thursday September 13, 8:45 am ET

SAN DIEGO, CA--(MARKET WIRE)--Sep 13, 2007 -- Ewire -- Green Star Products, Inc., announced that it has delivered its new high-speed state-of-the-art Biodiesel Reactor and Control Module to the Odessa Public Development Authority (OPDA) in Odessa, Washington.

GSPI will be delivering the balance of the Biodiesel Plant over the next four months to be operational in early 2008.

Joseph LaStella, President of GSPI, said, "The Odessa facility is a totally integrated biodiesel processing facility. It incorporates its own oil seed crushing and processing equipment, which can take locally grown oil seed and produce feed meal and biodiesel fuel. It will be the first facility of its kind in the Western U.S. that won't need to rely on volatile agricultural oil prices for its profitable operations."

Mr. LaStella further stated, "The City of Odessa and the surrounding communities in Central and Eastern Washington will benefit greatly from becoming a more sustainable society, less dependant on foreign oil, while building demand for locally grown crops to develop an entirely new industry."

An article from the local newspaper, the Odessa Record (Aug. 30, 2007), stated, "The Biodiesel Reactor, which refines the oil from oilseeds into useable product for fuel, arrived in two pieces weighing about 3,500 pounds each."

Michael Dunlap, the Project Manager, stated in the Odessa newspaper article, "Turning oilseeds such as canola into biodiesel is a three stage process. The seeds must first be crushed. The crusher, a huge piece of equipment that was delivered several months ago from England, is then used to crush the seeds, producing two products, crude oil and canola meal. The crude oil is then refined and filtered to remove water, particulates and other impurities, such as gum or lecithin. In the third stage, the filtered and de-gummed oil goes into the reactor, the piece that just arrived Monday -- where alcohol, in the form of methanol or ethanol, and a chemical catalyst are added. The continuous reaction process that occurs produces two fractions, methyl ester (the chemical name for what most of the general public calls 'biodiesel') and glycerin in a 90 to 10 percent ratio."

Mr. Dunlap also commented, "All the other products and by-products can also be sold, either locally or nationally. The crushed canola meal can be used as cattle feed by regional dairies or feedlots. Its protein content is 34 to 38 percent, so it makes for a good quality feed. It sells for about $190 per ton on regional livestock feed markets."

The initial production capacity will be 8,000,000 gallons of biodiesel per year. However, Green Star Products has already incorporated some of the equipment and engineering into the facility to double capacity to 16,000,000 gallons a year in order to accommodate increased production of canola, and other feed stocks in the years to come.

Green Star Products, Inc. is an environmentally friendly company dedicated to creating innovative cost-effective products to improve the quality of life and clean up the environment. Green Star Products and its Consortium are involved in the production of renewable clean-burning biodiesel and other products, including lubricants, additives and devices that reduce emissions and improve fuel economy in vehicles, machinery and power plants.

Source: Green Star Products, Inc.

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