Posts Tagged ‘Biodiesel Class’

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!

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

DVD Review: BioLyle’s Biodiesel Workshop

September 12, 2009

biolylebiodieselworkshopHooray! 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.

Overall a highly recommended DIY biodiesel set.  Get it for an introductory price of $39.95 at or

Veg On!

Girl Mark Courses Cancelled, Biodiesel Basics offered June 11th.

June 8, 2009

Unfortunately we have to cancel our 4-days of biodiesel courses in Palmer this weekend.  Participants should contact Girl Mark directly for refunds.

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.

Veg On!

Girl Mark’s Alaska Classes June 11-14th

June 3, 2009

MariaAlovertGirl Mark is scheduled to teach a two-day biodiesel crash course, followed by a two-day biodiesel advance-topics course June 11-14th at Alaska Pacific University’s Spring Creek Farm in Palmer.

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

June Biodiesel Classes in Palmer.

May 26, 2009

test-batchThu-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 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 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.