STI has begun collecting WVO from local Richmond Restaurants, with the intention of furthering the company’s endeavor of operating as sustainably as possible. There are future plans to convert some company vehicles to have the ability to run on the collected veggie oil. Also, a boiler will be converted to run on the collected oil to provide a backup heat source for the 10,000 gallons of water in our aquaponic and hydroponic systems. We anticipate our monstrous solar thermal system to provide a majority of the water heating, however, the boiler will be the key to maintaining our mission of operating our facility without the use of fossil fuels during cloudy periods, when the the solar thermal system may fall short. Anyone who is aware of new sources of oil that we can secure should come forward and help us out. Free veggies for those who make us new waste vegetable oil contacts!