Content tagged "ag energy biodiesel"

Sunflowers for Biofuel Production

Farm Energy Updated: January 31, 2014

Do you know that biodiesel energy can be made from sunflower seed oil? Oilseed sunflowers are grown easily and profitably at both small farm and large field...

Using Mustard Oil for Biodiesel

Farm Energy Updated: January 31, 2014

The “Mustard Bug” is not a pest, but a VW that runs on biodiesel made from mustard oil at the University of Idaho where they are researching mustard oil’s...

Animal Fats for Biodiesel Production

Farm Energy Updated: January 31, 2014

Explore the use of animal fats as an oil feedstock in the production of biodiesel. This article covers the advantages and challenges of using oil from animal...

Handling Strong Bases in Biodiesel Production

Farm Energy Updated: December 03, 2013

Used to catalyze the transesterification reaction, sodium and potassium hydroxide are extremely corrosive.The hydroxides are dry flakes or pellets and must...

Handling Strong Acids in Biodiesel Production

Farm Energy Updated: December 03, 2013

Acids may be used in treating high free fatty acid (FFA) feedstocks, neutralizing base catalyst and splitting soaps in the washing process, and/or in...

Handling Alcohols in Biodiesel Production

Farm Energy Updated: December 03, 2013

Methanol is the driving force behind the transesterification reaction. Methanol is colorless and tasteless, with a mildly sweet odor, and is a toxic...

Safe Chemical Handling in Biodiesel Production

Farm Energy Updated: December 03, 2013

Biodiesel is a relatively safe product. It is considered nonflammable and biodegradable. However, the components to make biodiesel can be hazardous in some...

Camelina for Biofuel Production

Farm Energy Updated: October 11, 2013

Camelina is a feedstock for biodiesel. Info on production and challenges; specific guides for US growing regions.Camelina (Camelina Sativa L. Crantz),...

Introduction to Biodiesel

Farm Energy Updated: August 02, 2013

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

Biodiesel Production Principles and Processes

Farm Energy Updated: February 06, 2013

The process to make biodiesel involves a chemical reaction. This means that the biodiesel industry is a chemical industry. Those involved in making biodiesel...

New Uses for Crude Glycerin from Biodiesel Production

Farm Energy Updated: June 18, 2012

Glycerol (also known as glycerin) is a major byproduct in the biodiesel manufacturing process. In general, for every 100 pounds of biodiesel produced,...

Biodiesel Fuel Quality

Farm Energy Updated: June 15, 2012

 For biodiesel to be sold in the market, the fuel must meet certain quality specifications. In the United States, biodiesel must meet the American Society...

Transportation and Storage of Biodiesel

Farm Energy Updated: April 05, 2012

Biodiesel that leaves the production plant in good condition can become unacceptable during distribution without proper care and attention. Biodiesel can...

Energy in Soybean Crushing and Transesterification

Farm Energy Updated: March 30, 2012

Several studies have been done on energy life cycle analysis of soybean biodiesel. These include:All of these studies varied in their conclusions. The...

Energy in Soybean Agriculture

Farm Energy Updated: March 30, 2012

Several studies have been done on energy life-cycle analysis of soybean biodiesel. These include:All of these studies varied in their conclusions. The...

Introduction to Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)

Farm Energy Updated: March 30, 2012

How much energy does it take to produce biodiesel, compared to the energy in the fuel itself? And what is the total environmental impact of biodiesel...

BQ-9000 Program for Biodiesel Producers

Farm Energy Updated: March 30, 2012

BQ-9000 is a voluntary quality assurance program created by the National Biodiesel Board. For details, visit the National Biodiesel Accreditation Program...

Biodiesel Cloud Point and Cold Weather Issues

Farm Energy Updated: March 30, 2012

In the northern parts of the United States and other cold regions of the world, one of the major concerns among biodiesel users is its unfavorable cold flow...

Using Biodiesel as a Fuel

Farm Energy Updated: March 30, 2012

For many farmers, the task of manufacturing high quality biodiesel fuel is more than they really want to take on. Some farmers opt to provide their oilseed...

Economics of Small-Scale Biodiesel Production

Farm Energy Updated: March 27, 2012

 Small-scale biodiesel production economics can vary substantially depending on an individual producer’s choice of feedstock, equipment, market, and the...

Waste Management in Biodiesel Production

Farm Energy Updated: March 26, 2012

Biodiesel production does not result in a lot of waste. However, depending on the process and feedstocks use, it can produce some wastewater, minerals,...

Methoxide Catalysts in Biodiesel Production

Farm Energy Updated: March 26, 2012

The methoxide ion, -OCH3, is the active catalyst for the production of methyl esters. It is this chemical unit that attacks the triglyceride molecules and...

Saponification in Biodiesel Production

Farm Energy Updated: March 26, 2012

Saponification is a chemical reaction that involves the production of a metal salt or soap. The reaction involves the attack on a methyl ester, free fatty...

Commercial and Large Scale Biodiesel Production Systems

Farm Energy Updated: March 26, 2012

Commercial-scale biodiesel producers have many constraints beyond those which small producers need to meet. Commercial producers must satisfy the...

Processing Oilseeds and Oil for Biodiesel Production

Farm Energy Updated: March 26, 2012

Extraneous material should first be removed from the harvested crop seed by screening. This is particularly important to ensure that materials such as small...

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