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Upcoming BioDiesel Workshop!

A former member
Post #: 2
Biofuels for Energy Independence

This fall Solar Energy International (SEI) is partnering with the Piedmont Biofuels Co-op of North Carolina for a cutting edge, 5-day comprehensive hands-on Biodiesel workshop. Learn the fundamentals of this alternative fuel source that can be used in any diesel engine. For industrial producers as well as the general public, participants will make biodiesel fuel with locally available materials, visit existing small scale production plants, and learn from top biodiesel industry specialists.

Topics will include Biodiesel chemistry, production, business models, technology, overview of diesel engine mechanics, quality testing, legislation, other types of biofuels, and more. The hands-on component allows participants to experience the joy of making their own fuel from locally available materials. We will also be touring Piedmont Biofuel?s farm and production facility.

The workshop begins Monday October 1st, ending Friday the 5th. The class will be held at the Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Tuition cost for the 5-day workshop is $700.

Don?t miss this great opportunity to learn about Biofuels! For more information on the class or to register, please visit or call 970-963-8855.
David S.
Washington, ME
Post #: 55
A person from N.C. posting on this group is not spam? Are they selling biodiesel as a workable concept or workshops? $700??? I certainly will not be attending. That's half my heating bill.

Saying that biodiesel works in any diesel vehicle is not true. It works in any diesel engine that has proper seals etc. Biodiesel can compromise the seals in many engines. I know people that make it. If everyone starts scrambling for restaurant oil eventually there will be a charge because there is demand.

Biodiesel fuel made from recycled cooking oil is a good thing. Biodiesel made from corn just for that purpose is a pig in a poke. It takes almost as much energy to make it as it gives. Further if people start cutting down trees to plant corn that is a big problem.

This person is more of a spammer than a permaculturist. Bounce them.

Lisa F.
Group Organizer
Portland, ME
Post #: 160
David S.
Washington, ME
Post #: 56
If anyone wants to know more about biodiesel in the Portland area, look up Jarmin Kaltsas and see that he is building a production facility in Portland. He could probably explain the process to you including what is involved in rebuilding engines. I don't know where he is doing it exactly but I think he may have moved there from Waldoboro. Making biodiesel from cooking oil is not real difficult. You could understand the process in minutes.

If you have a diesel car you may be able to get it from him.

Workshop in a bottle>


David Spahr
A former member
Post #: 100
You can approach biodiesel from several perspectives:

o JUST DO IT!...goto the biodiesel warehouse or to APPLESEED and buy a small biodiesel factory---they come with instructions!. Stop being a student and just go and do it..make your own biodiesel next week!

o BE A PROFESSIONAL FLEET MANAGER CONSIDERING BIODIESEL...o.k. now we get serious about biodiesel and all the problems associated with it. I suggest you get the list of approved bio-diesel blenders from DEP and find out the standards they applied---there are only two in Maine- SPRAGUE ENERGY of S. Portland, and WORLD ENERGY of Boston.

o BE A REALIST and understand the futility of brewing bio-diesel in Maine. goto: http://www.mgrbiodies...­ and read about the scale of cultivation of bio-oils and algae in India.
David S.
Washington, ME
Post #: 59
I think recycling restaurant oil is a good thing. Most other biodiesel solutions are not.

That said, focusing on cars and driving limits thinking about this issue. I have a nearby neighbor who made biodiesel in his shed from recycled cooking oil and used it to heat his house and greenhouse all winter. They grew stuff all winter long and cut their food bill bigtime.

No need for theories or debate at their house. The rubber has already met the road and will continue to do so it least for a while.

A former member
Post #: 58
Back when it was still possible to find "Bugs" I purchased one for a second car when my girls were in high school. I drove down to a guys place that had a large shed where he worked on cars to get it. He heated the shed with used car oil in something he had rigged up. You don't hear much about used engine oil--anyone know much about it?
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