U. of Idaho Volkswagen bug fueled on mustard oil biodiesel. Photo: http://biodieseleducation.org
Biodiesel Definitions under the Renewable Fuel Standard
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It has become popular lately to refer to biofuels as “first generation,” “second generation,” “third generation,” and so on.
First generation biofuels consist of ethanol from sugar or starch (such as from corn) and biodiesel from animal fats and vegetable oils.
Second generation biofuels are those produced from ligno-cellulosic materials such as switchgrass
From feedstock to fuel. Photos: D.Ciolkosz, M.Szala, Biodiesel Ed at U Idah
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Biomass is transformed into solid & liquid fuels, gas, electricity and heat using a variety of processing methods and equipment.
One of the main barriers to a successful biomass energy industry is the simple fact that most raw biomass is not immediately useful as an …
This module covers the production and use of Straight Vegetable Oil (SVO) and Biodiesel on farms in the Northeast. Topics include differentiating SVO from biodiesel, oilseed crops for SVO and biodiesel, the biodiesel production process, safety and personnel protection, economics of production, energy return and carbon avoidance.
Link to all of the Northeast Farm Energy IQ Curriculum, developed by Extension specialists from Penn State, Rutgers and University of Vermont.
This is part of the On Farm Energy Production Curriculum
Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) is a crop once grown for its dye now is grown for its oil in parts of Canada and the United States (50 percent of U.S. acreage is in California). Safflower is drought resistant and can be planted in irrigated and dryland areas as long as soils are well drained. Cool, wet soils delay uniform emergence, and periods of heavy rain can increase disease levels and reduce yields.…
Camelina is a feedstock for biodiesel. Info on production and challenges; specific guides for US growing regions.
Camelina Research at Sustainable Oils http://www.susoils.com/camelina/researchadv.php
Camelina (Camelina Sativa L. Crantz), sometimes called “false flax” is a member of the mustard (brassica) family. It contains 30 to 40% oil by weight. The oil is mostly unsaturated (90%) and is high in Omega-3 fatty acids making it useful …
If you’re in the biodiesel industry or are considering entering the industry, you may have heard of the Renewable Fuel Standard (also known as RFS2). It is important to understand this federal program since most biodiesel producers are required to participate in it, except for small or new …
When a farmer is considering growing a biodiesel feedstock, it can be helpful to compare data on yield, oil percentage, price, and biodiesel production per acre. Unfortunately, this kind of data can be difficult to find in one place.
We have compiled the following table from a number of different sources, to help with quick …