Join REAP for the 8th annual Alaska Renewable Energy Fair on Saturday, August 11th from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm on the Anchorage downtown parkstrip between I & E Street. Admission is FREE, and it’s guaranteed to be fun for the whole family! Enjoy the live music, a beer garden, great food, kids activities, informational booths, and renewable energy workshops. Includes a 4pm Biodiesel workshop, SVO converted Volkswagen Westfalia, SVO converted school bus and more veggie goodness!
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REAP, the Renewable Energy Alaska Project is kicking off its fall forums with a look at Anchorage’s new biodiesel plant!
September 8, 2010 6-8 p.m
Anchorage Museum auditorium, 625 C Street
Come hear how Alaska Waste and Alaska Green Waste Solutions’ large-scale biodiesel plant in Anchorage is turning recycled cooking oil into fuel for their fleet of garbage trucks. Opened in June, the plant is the first of its kind in Alaska. It is currently collecting about 4,000 gallons of used cooking oil each week from more than 200 restaurants, grocers and other businesses like the Peanut Farm, Lucky Wishbone and McDonalds.
Alaska Green Waste Solutions Manager Jeff Jessen will talk about the plant’s operation, plans for using the estimated 200,000 plus gallons a year of biodiesel and the benefits of biodiesel economically and environmentally.
More information at 929-7770 or s.nowers@REalaska.org.
The forum is free, but RSVPs are appreciated.
Biofueling Alaska: Case Studies and Design Considerations will be one of the many seminars at this year’s Alaska Forum on the Environment at the Anchorage Dena’ina Convention Center.
We will be in the K’enakatnu Board Room, Feb 10, 2010 from 9:00-11:45am.
Join us for a look at small and medium scale biofuel and biomass projects in Alaska. Basic design and function of biodiesel and fish oil systems will be covered as well as an update on what is happening in wood-based biomass thermal and combined heat and power (CHP) systems.
Presenters: Will Taygan, Arctic Vegwerks and Thomas Deerfield, Dalson Energy
Moderator: Win Westervelt, CH2M HILL
Hooray! BioLyle has come out with a 4+ hour 2-DVD set of his popular Seattle biodiesel classes. This is a fabulous resource for those out there who can’t attend a class in person, or for folks who want a review of the start-to-finish biodiesel process. For the new or intermediate brewer, Biolyle’s Biodiesel Workshop DVDs make an excellent complement to the biodiesel community website and B100 Supply’s Home Brew Biodiesel book.
As a biodiesel educator, I was impressed with Lyle’s techniques and methods. Though not identical, they are very similar to the ones I teach. He starts out with half an hour of lecture about the benefits of biodiesel and the basic chemistry. Next comes a titration lesson and lab session, with his students trying their hands at chemistry. Lyle works in a demonstration of the appleseed processor, and then runs through a whole slew of tips, tricks and advanced methods: oil collection, quality testing, drywashing, byproduct disposal and even methanol recovery! Yep, methanol recovery – the way to make your biodiesel cheaper and your glycerin cleaner.
The second DVD is divided into two parts: operating a home-built appleseed processor and running the BioPro reactor. I am a big fan of the water-heater based appleseed processor, and after seeing Lyle’s setup I’m excited to add a few improvements to my own system. He doesn’t tell you how to build it, but points you to B100Supply’s Home Brew Biodiesel book and the detailed plans at Utah Biodiesel Supply. It’s definitely a demonstration: I got a little confused as to where all his hoses went, but I’m pretty clear on how he moves oil around his shop.
The last hour is dedicated to the BioPro reactor and Lyle’s biodiesel coop. The BioPro is not cheap system, but it’s the only store-bought biodiesel processor that I can recommend. Lyle’s is the first detailed video demonstration of the BioPro I’ve seen. It’s excellent and should definitely be included with every BioPro sold! Lyle shows us not only how easy it is to run the system, but shares a number of tips to keep things running smoothly an efficiently. To top things off, Lyle covers the inner workings of his Dirty Hands biodiesel cooperative – a great way to bring a BioPro to your neighborhood!
Although Lyle’s DVD has fancy menus and packaging, I was a little surprised by the low-budget recording. But, the content is great and the chapter layout is stellar – you can easily jump around to parts that you may have missed or want to review.
As a bonus, Lyle includes a pint-sized 14 page guide to brewing biodiesel, and although you may need reading glasses for it, the information is excellent.
We WILL be offering a 1-day biodiesel basics class this Thursday June 11th in Peters Creek, including titration, test batches and full batch processing.
$50 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Call 688-5288 to register or for more information.
Although the classes are hosted by Arctic Vegwerks, we are promoting these opportunities as a community service. All registrations and fees are collected directly by Maria “girl Mark” Alovert.
For more information or to register, please see http://www.girlmark.com/#alaska.
Thu-Fri Jun 11-12, 2009 Biodiesel Production Crash Course in Palmer.
Looking to make free fuel? Everything from collecting oil to building your own full-sized reactor will be covered in this comprehensive 2-day biodiesel crash course. More info at www.alaskabiodiesel.org or call Arctic Vegwerks at 688-5288.
Sat-Sun Jun 13-14, 2009 Advanced Topics Biodiesel Hands-On Workshop in Palmer.
Learn the latest homebrew techniques to lower costs, improve safety and increase yields in your biodiesel process. We will cover Alaska-specific production issues including ethanol-based biodiesel, high-FFA oils, methanol recovery, glycerine processing, and acid-catalyzed esterification procedures. This workshop requires prior experience or attendance at the Biodiesel Production Crash Course (or similar 2-day class). More info at www.alaskabiodiesel.org or call Arctic Vegwerks at 688-5288.
Biodiesel fuel can be made in your backyard or garage for under $2/a gallon with common ingredients, using very inexpensive equipment. Relatively little chemistry knowledge is needed to produce quality fuel that will run in any diesel engine, and thousands of people around the country have discovered homebrewing fuel to be an addictive hobby. Come learn what it takes to produce your own clean-burning biodiesel fuel, and to build the equipment to do so. These classes are hands-on and fast-paced – you’ll be making test batches of fuel, titrating and testing oil, and assessing quality of the finished product throughout the two day class.
Maria “girl Mark” Alovert will be teaching these courses. She is the inventor of the water-heater based appleseed processor, the author of the Biodiesel Homebrew Guide, and the nation’s premier biodiesel educator.
The festivities will include presentations, food, coffee, kid crafts, entertainment and informational
We’ll be there with biodiesel demonstrations, straight veg information and class flyers. Anyone want to come out and help table?
Take the George Parks to Talkeetna Spur Road (mile 98). Turn onto Talkeetna Spur and take it all the way into town to the stop sign. Go through the stop sign (stay on Main Street) and take your first left (just after Nagley’s). It’s directly ahead on the left in a renovated airplane hanger
Wow, we’re stoked to invite Girl Mark to Spring Creek Farm for a series of biodiesel courses this June.
Girl Mark, by the way, is the inventor of the water-heater based appleseed processor, the author of the highly recommended Biodiesel Homebrew Guide, and perhaps the country’s best backyard biodiesel educator.
She will offer a beginner/intermediate crash course on Sat-Sun June 6-7th and will repeat it on Thu-Fri June 11-12th. On Sat-Sun June 13-14th she will offer an amazing advanced topics course.
We’ve worked hard to make these classes Alaska-specific, we’ll focus on small-scale backyard techniques to increase yield, while decreasing costs and waste.
Sign up EARLY (before Feb 15th) and save $90 on the full four days! Sign up before April and you can still get a substantial discount.
Folks who have already taken a full 2 or 3-day weekend course, and those who are currently making full-scale batches may be able to skip the crash course and take just the advanced topics class, but I recommend the full 4 days.
Don’t miss this opportunity! Attend either 2 weekends in a row (if you sign up for both sessions) or squeeze it all in Thursday-Sunday.
Sign up now at http://www.girlmark.com/tour/#alaska. (Class details at the TOP of the page.)