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The Most Sustainable Fuel on the Planet
- Don Scott, National Biodiesel Board
Don Scott serves as the Director of Sustainability for the National Biodiesel Board. Don's work focuses on quantifying environmental benefits such as greenhouse gas reduction and supporting metrics and awareness that promotes biodiesel with the best environmental, economic, and social benefits. Don Scott is a licensed professional engineer graduating from the University of Missouri Columbia where the first biodiesel performance demonstrations were conducted in the US. Prior to joining the National Biodiesel Board staff, Don spent 12 years protecting water resources at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. In 2006, Don spent a fair amount of time collecting and burning used restaurant grease in his personal vehicle, and continues to build his own diesel engines to run on B100.


Biodiesel 101: Making and Testing Mini-Batches
- Graydon Blair, Utah Biodiesel Supply
If you're interested in producing Biodiesel, whether on a small or large scale, this workshop is for you! Graydon will focus on the basics of producing small batches of Biodiesel. Topics covered will include the basic recipe for making Biodiesel, basic quality tests to be performed and tips & tricks from the field.
Power From The People
- Jason Burroughs, DieselGreen Fuels
This talk is less about stuff and more about people. The cast of characters ranges from the founders of the coop and DieselGreen, to the employees who have come and gone, the competitors who've made our lives miserable at times, to the current dedicated staff making it happen. The partner-turned-grease-thief, the bungling drivers that just couldn't get it right, an intern-turned-employee, shady Texas oil men, and lots more.
Biofuels and Climate Change
- Pete Probst, Chicago Biofuels
This session will provide an overview about the latest climate change science provided by the Climate Reality Project. The importance of localized biodiesel production and how it is a crucial element in reducing carbon emissions will be the focus of the talk.
Biodiesel Feedstocks and the Next 10 Years
- Todd Hill, Promethean Biofuels
5 of the Top 10 biofuels feedstocks are for making biodiesel. This session will focus on what biodiesel plants started as and how they must mature in a future of higher standards and finicky (more advanced) vehicles. Todd will also speak a bit about getting started and expanding in California.
Solutions to Your Biodiesel Production Problems
- Rudy Pruszko, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
With tight margins in the Biodiesel industry, plants can't afford to not operate at optimum and produce quality biodiesel. The presentation will provide a check list of possible solutions with an explanation of when to use what solution and for which problem. Case studies will be provided on actual problems encountered in plants and how they were solved, highlighting the thinking process to pin point the real problem and how to decide on the right solution to use and how to guard against the problem recurring.
Biodiesel from a Mechanic's Perspective / 12 Years Later: The History of B-99 Retailing
- Dan Freeman, Dr. Dan's Biodiesel
Biodiesel gets blamed for everything from flat tires, flatulence and emissions failures to complete engine failure. So it is very important to do our job perfectly and educate our users on how to use biodiesel successfully and sustainably. Best practices for B-99 retailing customer training, storage and fleet implementation.
Quality Testing for Small Scale Biodiesel
- Sam Parker, Piedmont Biofuels
ASTM D6751, the standards and test which regulate biodiesel quality, can be complicated and costly. For small scale producers or homebrewers who are trying to ensure the quality of their fuel, the ASTM methods are not ideal. Sam will briefly review the ASTM D6751 standards and test and then discuss affordable test alternatives for small scale/homebrewer quality control.
Technical Discussion of Community Scale Production
- Link Shumaker, Biofuels and Renewable Energy Industries
This discussion is directed toward deepening the understanding of the seasoned producer. Link will open the discussion by describing several real world processes he has worked with and detailing the pro's and con's of each (this includes continuous and batch processes, acid esterification and caustic stripping, water wash and dry wash, quality control, side stream considerations etc. primarily for WVO processing with oil of 8%FFA or less). He will then open the floor for conversation to facilitate tips, tricks and best practices exchange of advanced users.
Case Study: Rochester Institute of Technology
- David Frank, Golisano Institute for Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology
As part of an EPA Climate Showcase Grant to Monroe County, New York and subsequent transfer to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the Golisano Institute of Sustainability (GIS) was afforded the opportunity to develop a closed loop biodiesel production process using the food service waste cooking oil stocks. Since the feed stock supply and consequent demand for the fuel is internal within the University, David can study the system and report on the economic and environmental benefits versus the incumbent, ultra low sulfur diesel. The biodiesel will be utilized in two ways, vehicular and space heating applications, with the glycerol by-product being purified and converted to liquid and solid soaps for campus usage. Ultimately, developing a robust waste to energy process within the system boundaries of the University is his first goal along with life cycle assessment and economic return on investment for the University's stakeholders.
Grease Collection Routing Software
- Caleb Daniels, DieselGreen Fuels
DieselGreen developed its own grease route management software, a web-based system accessible on any web browser, including mobile devices. For a nominal subscription fee, companies that collect grease can have as many users as they want logging in from anywhere to manage customer relationship, create routes for collection, and log data to view in reports. This session will be an overview of the software and a live demo.
Algae to Oil Via Photoautotrophic Cultivation and Osmotic Sonication
- Evie Sobczak, 16 Year Old Biofuels Student
Evie’s project is a culmination of four years of experimentation in the algae biofuel race. She worked on producing a 3rd generation fuel that was both energy positive and environmentally stable. She researched and refined her equipment and created innovative processes to develop an environmentally friendly method to cultivate algae, harvest its biomass, extract its lipids and transesterify the oil into an economically viable biofuel.


National Cooking Oil Recyclers Association
- Kurt Lange, ClearEcos
Kurt discussed the creation of a new organization called NCORA, or the National Cooking Oil Recyclers Association.
Social Responsibility at Verego
- Justin Gauvin, Verego
Small Scale Biodiesel Production Using Enzyme Catalysts
- Rachel Burton, MARK-IV
Rachel will discuss how enzymes can be used for feedstock pre-treatment and transesterification.
A Brave New World For Distribution
- Atul Deshmane, Whole Energy
Regulatory and market dynamics keep changing every year in the biodiesel industry and this whirlwind of changes places new challenges on small and regional producers of biodiesel. In this presentation Atul hopes to expose some of those changes and work with the audience to identify their unique barriers and methods to adapt to that changing environment.
Renewable Diesel: Relevance to the Bioduesel Community
- Jonathan Meuser, Synthetic Genomics
This presentation will first provide an overview of the process to convert plant or animal based oil and fats into a diesel surrogate by the process of hydrogenation. The product, called "Renewable" or "Green" diesel uses the same feedstock as biodiesel, but has some improved characteristics over biodiesel. While not yet produced at small-scale, the country's largest rendering company has teamed up with an oil company to build a major production facility that will be fired up this year. The specifics and economics of this plant will be presented. After the talk, Jonathan will discuss the potential impact on small-scale producers of biofuel and what this means for the future of biodiesel.
Automated Distributon Systems
- Kyle Capizzi, Dr Dans Biodiesel
Working with Ilya Goldberg, designer of the Baltimore Biodiesel Co-op pump system, Kyle and Dan have been improving the open-sourced technology to make available an improved hardware and software solution for distribution in grid-tied and freestanding, off-grid (solar) pump applications. This system allows automated member sign-up at the pump, cellular or LAN access, and tank level monitoring for a fraction of the cost of and much easier user control than commercial systems.
The Complete Biodiesel Economy: Closing The Loop
- Woodrow Eaton, Blue Ridge Biofuels
Blue Ridge Biofuels collects and processes used cooking oil into biodiesel. Our distribution ranges from 7 retail locations, over 800 bioheat customers, farms, fleets, and bulk loads. They have all types of customers using all types of blends ranging from B10 - B99. Blue Ridge Has recently launched a new project to produce edible cooking oil from regional farms to be distributed to area restaurants and then recycled into biodiesel.
Discussion: When Does the Synergy Kick In?
- Jeff Rola, Go Bio
Jeff will speak about that whole "Kum By Ya, let's work together and save the world” thing. Mostly, he'll be talking about Fear and Trust and the tools needed to minimize the first while maximizing the other so we can do more profitable business together. Discussion follows.
Case Study: Gourmet Butanol
- Nick Harris, Gourmet Butanol
Butanol lowers the temperature at which biodiesel gels. Similar to biodiesel, butanol can be produced from waste material. Come learn about Gourmet Butanol's process that converts food waste into butanol--a direct replacement for gasoline and an additive for biodiesel.
Strategies for Small Scale Biodiesel Plants
- Rudy Pruszko, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
In today’s world of fast changing feedstock and diesel fuel prices, it is important to make sure you biodiesel plant is efficient and flexible, while still being profitable. Small plants are more adaptable to the changing feedstocks and operations. When compared to large scale plants, small plants can be profitable even in a niche or small regional market area. Strategies and secrets for a successful design and operation of a small plant will be shared to the audience. Insight will be provided on how to build and operate a small plant with a limited budget and still be profitable in today’s economy. The presentation will mention feedstock options for small plants as well as new sources of alternative feedstocks.

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