Posts Tagged ‘Alaska SVO’

11th Annual Alaska Renewable Energy Fair – Sat Jul 25th, 2015 Anchorage!

July 21, 2015



Come on out to the 2015 Renewable Energy Fair this Saturday July 25th, noon to 7pm.

NEW LOCATION AT 13th and NELCHINA ST, as this year it’s being held together with the Fairview Block Party!

We’ll offer a FREE BIODIESEL SEMINAR at 4pm, so if you want to come and chat about veg-fueled vehicles or check out our veg-burning VW Westfalia turbodiesel, then hit us up between noon and 4pm.

Kids activites, live music, renewable energy workshops, the whole shebang!

(P.S. if you miss us at the fair, we’ll be offering a 5-week biodiesel and SVO course at UAA Matsu College this October.)


Mat-Su College Biodiesel Class October 2013

August 29, 2013

UAA Mat-Su College is offering a BASICS OF BIODIESEL AND VEGETABLE OIL FUEL SYSTEMS course for one credit in the University of Alaska System this October, 2013.

Make your own biodiesel, design a SVO-fuel system for your diesel vehicle, investigate Alaskan vegetable-oil heating options.  Proper lab techniques, basic vegetable oil chemistry and appropriate vehicles for conversion will all be covered.

Classes will be held at Mat-Su College, off Trunk Road about a mile north of the Parks Highway, past Mat-Su Regional Hospital.

We will hold FIVE 3-hour Classes on Wednesdays: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 from 5:00-8:00pm.

Register directly through Mat-Su College at Course# RE A194F

Call the college at 907-745-9746 or instructor Will Taygan at 907-688-5288 for more information.

Full disclosure: I’ll be teaching this class. Veg On!

Anchorage Renewable Energy Fair, Sat Aug 11, 2012.

August 2, 2012

Renewable Fair 2012

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!

Anchorage Renewable Energy Fair – Sat Aug 13

August 10, 2011

Yep, it’s time for Alaska’s 2011 Renewable Energy Fair!  We’re offering a FREE biodiesel and SVO seminar at noon, and will be there all afternoon with veg-converted vehicles at our booth. Hope to see you there!

Coming out of Hibernation.

March 9, 2011

Yes, we’ve had a bit of a brain freeze this past winter.  But, never fear!  Biodiesel and SVO is alive and well in the Arctic!

Fuel prices dropped this past year, and with it the biodiesel and SVO tirekickers dwindled to a mere trickle.  A few guys were once again trying to make a fortune brewing and selling biodiesel.  One in particular, Denali Biodiesel, got up and running with a few mid-scale plants, but as of this spring they’re relocating out-of-state.  Best of luck to them!

We at Arctic Vegwerks had ZERO conversions for 2010.  But, with Alaska’s Home Energy Rebate program we kept busy making our humble abode less dependent of fossil fuels, and took advantage of that nice $10k grant the state was offering.

Alaska Waste is plowing ahead with their biodiesel and composting efforts, and we applaud them.  We estimate they’re using about half of the grease in Anchorage in their private fleet of trash haulers.

This still leaves a quarter of a million gallons of grease out there.  With our remote market, obtaining enough SVO for personal vehicles is still a viable option.  We had it pretty cush when Alaska Mill and Feed was the grease processor: no contracts, and cheap grease for sale in bulk.  With Alaska Waste’s new 3-year contracts, many of the larger restaurant and institutions are taken, but there are plenty of little restaurants looking for someone to pick up grease for free.

Which leads to another dilemma: GREASE DISPOSAL.  Yep, SVO folks with too much grease on their hands are left to the Alaska Biodiesel Yahoogroup or Craigslist to cheaply dispose of oil.   Anchorage’s hazardous waste collection center at the landfill and transfer stations will take up to 40lbs of residential waste a day for free (one cubie), but charges $.25/lb for more ($4.00 a cube).  Businesses must to pay for all oil disposed.  Emerald Alaska is the city’s hazardous waste contractor, and their commercial rates are similar, but they do accept drums of oil.  Last time I checked, Alaska Waste was charging $2.50 a cube ($.50 a gallon) for oil disposal during business hours (call ahead), but will only take good clean oil – no sludge.

Bottom line: don’t stockpile more than you need.

Of course, we’ve got some friends heating their shop in Wasilla off SVO, with a modified Turk Burner setup.  Yellow Heat from Massachusetts has a neat Babington Ball heater.  Anyone else in Alaska doing SVO heat?  We’d love to hear from you.

Veg On!

It’s tax time in Alaska!

October 20, 2009

dieseltaxes-apiYep, after a year’s reprieve from our lowest-in-the-nation $0.08 per gallon state motor fuel tax, we’re back to our monthly payments.

Alaskans who burn homebrew fuel in an internal combustion powered vehicle are supposed to submit form 04-530.  I sent my $1.60 in today.

Check with the Alaska Department of Revenue for details.

Vegwerks on KTUU at Renewable Fair.

August 2, 2009

reap-fair-2009Yesterday’s  fifth annual Alaska Renewable Energy Fair had beautiful skies, free local coffee, good food, solid music, nice organic beers and booths from pretty much everyone who’s involved in renewable energy in the state.

We were lucky to be the featured interview on KTUU channel 2 last night!

Veg On!

Biodiesel and Veg-Vehicles at the Renewable Fair, Aug 1st.

July 3, 2009

reaplogoThe 5th annual Alaska Renewable Energy Fair will be held Saturday August 1st from 11am-9pm at the Memorial Block on the Delaney Park Strip, downtown Anchorage.

This FREE Fair features food and craft vendors, business and non-profit exhibitors, live music, and workshops on renewable energy.  Keynote speaker at 5pm, Melissa Mitchell sings in the afternoon and the Whipsaws will rock the evening.

We’ll have a number of veg-converted vehicles to show off and will be offering a backyard biodiesel basics demonstration, time TBA.

Check out for more details.

Veg On!

Biodiesel at Upper Susitna Earth Day!

April 16, 2009

vegwerks-100x78The 2009 Earth Day celebration for the Upper Susitna Valley will be held on Saturday, April 18th, at the Sheldon Community Arts Hanger in downtown Talkeetna from 11:00am – 3:00pm.

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

Veg On!

Alaska on the Cover of biodieselSMARTER!

March 28, 2009

biodieselSMARTER-Alaska-CoverBiodieselSMARTER, my favorite biodiesel magazine, has a series of Alaska-centric features for their Spring ’09 issue.

Although it’s called biodieselSMARTER, there’s a fair bit of info for you SVO fans out there (and even some pieces on those people that blend unheated vegoil).

About half of the articles have been posted on their website, so check it out and subscribe – at $15 a year “it’s like a printed version of the infopop forum, but without all the fluff.”

(and yeah, that’s my truck.)

Veg On!