Mobile Biodiesel Education Demonstration
Demonstrating Biodiesel Production to Farmers, Students, and the Public
This project was funded through a USDA-NIFA Capacity Building Grant in 2012. Project members include Dr. Jason de Koff (PI), Mr. Chris Robbins (Collaborator), Dr. John Ricketts (Co-PI), Dr. Prabodh Illukpitiya (Co-PI), and Mr. Alvin Wade (Co-PI). Our demonstration trailer includes a seed press for crushing oilseeds like canola, sunflower, and soybean. This releases vegetable oil and produces a meal that can be used as an animal feed. We also have a biodiesel processor where the vegetable oil is converted to biodiesel through a chemical reaction called transesterification.
Number of direct contacts to date (since July 2013): 1,676
This project was a National Finalist in the Search for Excellence in Crop Production by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents in 2016.
Videos for step-by-step process of biodiesel production:
Step 1. Producing oil from oilseeds
Step 2. The degumming process
Step 3. Determining the amount of chemicals to use
Step 4. Making biodiesel
Step 5. Separating and cleaning the biodiesel
Small-scale biodiesel production
Maximizing the biodiesel process
Sunflower for biodiesel production
Federal assistance programs for biodiesel production
Economics of small-scale biodiesel production
Oilseed press for making oil from canola
Biodiesel processor for converting vegetable oil to biodiesel.
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences