Content tagged "ag energy safety"

Research Summary: Safety and Health Risks of Producing Biomass on the Farm

Farm Energy Ag Safety and Health Updated: July 02, 2018

It is time to develop ways to minimize safety and health hazards in biomass production on the farm, an area in which there has been little research With...

Research Summary: Overview of Comparative Injury Risk Between Annual Corn and Perennial Switchgrass Production

Farm Energy Updated: February 28, 2017

A probabilistic risk assessment model has been created to compare estimated worker injury risk of corn vs switchgrass production. Funded by AFRI. Learn...

Safety in Small-Scale Biodiesel Production

Farm Energy Updated: June 14, 2016

Photo: Penn State Publications Although the biodiesel manufacturing process is fairly straightforward, there are several aspects of biodiesel production...

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...

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