Thursday, April 27, 2006

BioDiesel Workshop Informative and Inspiring

The Division of Natural Resources at Haywood Community College was fortunate enough to host a workshop sponsored by Piedmont Biofuels and BioNetwork-BioAgriculture Center. Rachel Burton (pictured at podium) gave an excellent introduction to Biodiesel and how the coop she works with has expanded over the years.
David Thornton who also works at Piedmont Biofuels then gave a live demonstration where attendees participated in making a small batch of biodiesel fuel from canola oil.
Using just a few simple ingredients David and the group were able to turn a quart of canola oil into biodiesel and glycerin.
Neat to think that these Brassica seeds when planted out could provide the fuel necessary to power any diesel engine.
Workshop participants assist in by agitating the mixture manually.
A horticulture student mixes the ingredients necessary to make biodiesel.
Two batches of biodiesel fuel. Left: after 24 hours the biodiesel is on the top and glycerin (which can be used for numerous things including soap and animal feed) is the dark layer on the bottom. Right: Our batch is beginning to separate after about only 30 minutes. This was a great hands-on demonstration.
Generous sponsors of the event (Left to Right): Leslie Jones (BioNetwork BioAgriculture Center), JD Brooks (BioNetwork BioAgriculture Center), Rachel Burton (Piedmont Biofuels), and David Thornton (Piedmont Biofuels).


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