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Biodiesel Basics and Beyond: A Comprehensive Guide to Production and Use for the Home and Farmby William H. Kemp
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Using vegetable oils as a fuel for home heating and transportation is a hundred years old: Rudolf Diesel's original engine was operated on plant oils due to the lack of fossil fuels. Later, plant and animal oils were converted into a petrodiesel, a compatible fuel known as biodiesel: a clean, low-carbon fuel.
In the early 1980s, home brewers discovered they could transform waste restaurant fryer oils into crude biodiesel and use it in automobiles at 100% concentrations at one quarter the cost of petrodiesel. Yet automotive and engine manufacturers insist that late-model vehicles may be damaged when run on high concentrations of biodiesel and may not honor engine warranties where biodiesel fuel has been used.
Biodiesel Basics and Beyond aims to separate fact from fiction and to educate potential home, farm and cooperative manufacturers on the economic production of quality biodiesel from both waste and virgin oil feedstock. The book includes:
Detailed processes and lists of equipment required to produce biodiesel that meets North American standards
How farmers can use excess oilseed as a feedstock for biodiesel production
The use of the co-byproduct glycerin in making soap
A guide to numerous reference materials and a list of supplier data.
William Kemp is VP Engineering of Powerbase Automation Systems Inc. and a consulting electronics/software designer who develops control systems for low environmental impact hydroelectric utilities worldwide. He is a sustainable living and clean energy advocate working in renewable energy heating, energy efficiency, photovoltaic, microhydro and wind electric systems.
Book News Annotation:
In setting up biofuel systems for his own "off-grid" residence, Kemp (vice president of engineering, Powerbase Automation Systems Inc.) found that many biodiesel manufacturers exhibited a basic disregard for safety, fuel quality, waste disposal, and environmental sustainability that undermined claims about the economic and environmental benefits of the fuel. He argues that this situation need not remain and presents his own experiences with microscale ("home-brewed") biodiesel production, describing the construction and operation of a 40-gallon-per-day production facility, which includes a test and measurement laboratory for determining fuel quality. Information is also presented on waste treatment and recycling. Distributed in the US by New Society Publishers. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
How to make your own high quality biodiesel using low-cost methods.
Biodiesel Basics and Beyond aims to separate fact from fiction and to educate potential home, farm, and cooperative manufacturers on the economic production of quality biodiesel from both waste and virgin oil feedstock. The book includes:
This is North America’s definitive guide to responsibly producing biodiesel from waste vegetable oil while minimizing your environmental footprint in the process.
About the Author
William Kemp is VP Engineering of Powerbase Automation Systems Inc. and a consulting electronics/software designer who develops control systems for low environmental impact hydroelectric utilities worldwide. He is also an author, sustainable living and clean energy advocate working in renewable energy heating, energy efficiency, photovoltaic, micro-hydro and wind electric systems.
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