Backyard Biodiesel Power
289 Pages
English

Backyard Biodiesel Power

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289 Pages
English

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Whether we are nearing the end of oil or merely nearing the end of inexpensive oil, it is becoming increasingly clear that we need to find alternative ways to meet our energy needs. Biodiesel is one such alternative -- and is one of the fastest growing sectors of the US economy.

Biodiesel in North America is in its infancy. As air quality deteriorates in major centers, governments are scrambling for ways to reduce emissions and are embracing biodiesel in their fleets. Conferences on biodiesel are often "inaugural," as society begins discussing this fuel in earnest.

Biodiesel Power is a chronicle of this emerging industry. Lightly touching on the technical aspects of the fuel, its qualities and specifications, the book is largely about the people and stories of the biodiesel movement. It explores the tensions between

  • grassroots activists and their altruistic co-ops
  • the profit minded commercial producers and the voices of agribusiness, and
  • the current administration - or "the coalition of the drilling."

Far from a third party account, Biodiesel Power comes from one who has experienced it from the grease dumpster to the boardroom. Lyle Estill has made the journey from back yard brewing, to being part of a producer and distributor cooperative, to commercial production.

Compelling and timely, Biodiesel Power is the history of biodiesel in the making. It will appeal to a wide audience including farmers, truckers, backyarders and commercial producers, investors, politicians and all those concerned about the end of oil.


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Published 27 September 2005
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EAN13 9781550923674
Language English
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Advance Praise for Biodiesel Power
With unbelievable commitment, acerbic wit, and a bona fide love for the downhome roots of the biofuel movement, Lyle Estill has chronicled (like no other) the complex and often entertaining dynamics of the burgeoning world of biodiesel.
— Daryl Hannah, actress & biofuel activist & Charris Ford, the Granola Ayatollah of Canola
It is so reassuring that good biodiesel literature is finally beginning to emerge, with the books by Greg Pahl, the ISU professors, and now Lyle Estill. What most thrills me aboutBiodiesel Poweris that someone is finally telling the story of this movement, with all its ups and downs.As a reader, it’s got me far too distracted from work right now. As a contributor to the process that Lyle has chronicled, I’ve never felt such an honor. As therapy, this book will add years to my life.
— Kumar Plocher, president,Yokayo Biofuels, Inc.
Biodiesel Poweroffering helpinforms and inspires, and hope to the growing number of people who recognize that biodiesel can and should play a significant role in solving the world’s energy problems. Estill’s plainspoken language will demystify biodiesel for the biodiesel novice, while the detailed accounts of his own trials, errors, and successes will aid the homebrewer who is struggling to make consistently good fuel. The growing number of small producers will especially benefit from the author’s insight into the politics surrounding the varied players in the biodiesel industry, but his story will be valuable to anyone interested in making biodiesel available and affordable.
— Emily Brewster, reference book editor and biodiesel user
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To my brother Glen, who has shepherded me patiently through many endeavors, not the least of which is renewable energy.
Contents
Acknowledgments......................................................xi
Preface......................................................................xiii
Introduction ................................................................1 Chapter 1: Stinky Kitchen.........................................5 Chapter 2: Off to College........................................13 Chapter 3: Breaking the Blender Barrier ................23 Chapter 4: DoItYourself Ghetto ............................39 Chapter 5: Straight Vegetable Oil ............................49 Chapter 6: Used Veggie Collection .........................59 Chapter 7: Feedstocks.............................................75 Chapter 8: Birth of a Coop.....................................87 Chapter 9: The Shadow and Grassroots Conferences ........................97 Chapter 10: The National Biodiesel Board..............109 Chapter 11: Two Professors ....................................117