The educational materials listed on this page are about Biodiesel.

What is biodiesel? Biodiesel is an alternative fuel created from plant and living matter that is converted to a usable energy source. Biodiesel fuel is used in standard diesel engines and is different from the vegetable and waste oils used in converted diesel engines. Biodiesel can be used alone, or blended with petrodiesel in any proportion for biodiesel production. Biodiesel feedstock can include agronomic crops, or other biomass from industrial or municipal wastes. Key practices include byproduct utilizationbioenergy and biofuelsanaerobic digestionbiodieselbiofuel feedstocksnutrient cyclingmunicipal wastesrenewable energy.

SARE’s book Building a Sustainable Business helps farmers build both a sustainable and profitable business plan that includes renewable energy and biofuel. The SARE bulletin Clean Energy Farming: Cutting Costs, Improving Efficiencies, Harnessing Renewables helps farmers utilize clean energy practices on their operations. These practices may include utilizing byproducts for biodiesel production and other renewable fuels. The Farm Energy Topic Room provides a wealth of information on clean energy topics, including biodiesel, farm energy audits, solar and wind energy, and more. For safety best practices in small-scale biodiesel production, see the Penn State publication Biodiesel Safety and Best Management Practices for Small-Scale Noncommercial Use and Production.

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On-Farm Biodiesel 101

In Thurmont, Md., farmer Charlie Kolb produced about 5,000 gallons of biodiesel in 2009, and he is teaching a neighbor how to do the same. Sebastian Kretschmer makes biodiesel at a nonprofit farm in Kimberton, Penn., where he holds biodiesel production demonstrations for visitors. Staff at Greensgrow Farm in Philadelphia save thousands each year by […]