Posts Tagged ‘anchorage’

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.)


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!

Sep 8 Forum: Anchorage’s First Large Scale Biodiesel Plant

August 30, 2010

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

The forum is free, but RSVPs are appreciated.

Biofueling Alaska: Case Studies and Design Considerations. Feb 10.

January 23, 2010

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

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!

Mill and Feed to stop WVO sales March 1st.

February 20, 2009

As of March 1st, 2009 Alaska Mill and Feed will no longer be retailing bulk oil in 250 gallons totes or 55 gallon drums.  Instead, they will be wholesaling 5000 gallon tankers of yellow grease to Alaska Waste for their proposed biodiesel plant in Anchorage.  Alaska Waste is not currently planning on selling WVO, nor are they planning on selling finished biodiesel.  Those of you planning on stocking up need to do so ASAP.

Veg On!

Hands-On Biodiesel Brewing Class – Sat Nov 8 – Anchorage

October 15, 2008

Saturday November 8, 2008 – 12:30pm

Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
3201 Turnagain St, Anchorage, AK 99517

$49 fee – $39 for AUU Fellowship members.

Join us for a hands-on all-afternoon class to learn how to gather quality used vegetable oil, test it for production, and make your own biodiesel to take home.

Registration is required, class size is limited, and the course fee includes the use of all safety equipment, lab supplies and ingredients for a test batch.

It is recommended, though not required, that students attend the Backyard Biodiesel Basics presentation on Sunday November 2nd in Eagle River.

Call Will Taygan at Arctic Vegwerks 688-5288 or email for more information and to register.

You can also register online by clicking here or by visiting the Alaska Biodiesel events page.

Other upcoming events:

Sunday November 2, 2008 2:00pm
Backyard Biodiesel Basics
Free at the Eagle River Nature Center

Biodiesel Educator Will Taygan provides an overview on how to make any diesel petroleum-free. Participants will explore the science behind biodiesel and SVO (Straight Vegetable Oil) systems, compare emissions, learn how to collect oil responsibly, and watch biodiesel being made.

$5 parking for non-members – no registration required.