Introduction to Biodiesel

Mobile biodiesel processing trailer.Biodiesel is a diesel fuel substitute made from a variety of oils, fats, and greases.

Biodiesel

Biodiesel, a diesel fuel substitute that can be made from a variety of oils, fats, and greases, is of interest to farmers for a number of reasons: It can provide an additional market for vegetable oils and animal fats; it can allow farmers to grow the fuel they need for farm machinery; and it can decrease U.S. dependence on imported oil since fuel feedstocks …

Algae for Biofuel Production

Research is examining microalgae, 20 to 80 percent oil by dry weight biomass, as a biofuel energy crop. Learn about algae production in ponds and photobioreactors, yields, costs and challenges to this exciting new feedstock for biodiesel production.

Biofuel research on algae. Photo: Farm Energy Community of Practice

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Introduction

Algae are organisms that …

Feedstocks for Biofuel Production

Bioenergy crop test plots

Interested in feedstock crops for biofuel energy production, but don’t know where to start? Learn about harvesting energy from sugar, starch, fiber, residues, oil and wood products.

Sweet sorghum. Photo: Dennis Pennington, Bioenergy Educator, Michigan State University.

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Introduction

Biomass feedstocks for energy production can result from plants grown directly for energy or from plant parts, residues, processing wastes, …