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|Sunday, January 13th, 2008|
I'm in Detroit this week working on the North American International Auto Show, and I just found this in a press release handed out this morning. I hope it's true, as I'd love to see more diesel automobiles available. My 2001 Jetta TDI, while still young at 100,000 miles, will not last forever.Diesels will also have a strong showing in Detroit. Audi will introduce a diesel version of its R8 supercar, powered by a V-12 TDI turbo diesel. BMW will have an array of diesel vehicles, which it promises to have on sale in American by the end of the year.
|Thursday, January 3rd, 2008|
|Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008|
I've been using biodiesel in our 2001 VW Golf. The biodiesel was made by a friend. It didn't start the other day, so we had it towed to the mechanic.
It wasn't totally b100(cause we mixed).. The biodiesel left a residue in the fuel tank and burst the fuel line. It will be about a 1K repair... so this experience with biodiesel has been that it freezes at the freezing point.
*this means more research into tank or fuel line heaters and other options
Anyone have any advice?
|Tuesday, December 4th, 2007|
|Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007|
Bio-jet demo by boeing, Air New Zealand, and Rolls-Royce
SEATTLE, Washington, September 28, 2007 (ENS) - A biofuel jet flight demonstration is in the planning stages, aircraft manufacturer Boeing, carrier Air New Zealand and engine maker Rolls-Royce said today.
The joint project is designed to help accelerate the development of sustainable alternative fuels for commercial aviation, the three companies said. Current Mood: content
|Saturday, September 29th, 2007|
'Green Fuel' Harming Rainforests
Buying biofuel for your car could be more devastating to the planet than traditional fossil fuels.
A Sky News investigation has revealed that filling up with bio diesel containing palm oil is helping to destroy some of the world's most precious rainforests.Sky dot com Current Mood: worried
|Sunday, August 12th, 2007|
Homebrew Biodiesel classes August 25-26 (Sat/Sun) by Girl Mark
The Milwaukee Biodiesel Co-op will be hosting the class "Learn To Make Quality Biodiesel Fuel
." Taught by Maria "Mark" Alovert, the class offers a thorough introduction to grassroots energy independence. It is a beginner's class, and no previous biodiesel brewing experience is required. The classes will be held on Saturday and Sunday August 25-26. It costs $120, payable through Alovert's web site. Here's a link to the Milwaukee class listing
. The class is open to the public; anyone can sign up. You do not need to be a member of the Milwaukee Biodiesel Co-op in order to take it.
Alovert describes the class:
"Biodiesel fuel can be made in your backyard or garage for .75 cents a gallon [not including road tax] 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. Weekend classes also include some hands-on equipment building- we'll build a few biodiesel processors for students who purchase processor plumbing kits in advance, and everyone will be wrenching on the plumbing and learning the skills needed to build your home biodiesel system.
Energy independence is close at hand! (Now you just have to get a diesel car...)
|Friday, August 3rd, 2007|
Hot and muggy day
It was damn hot and very muggy in Chicago today and boy was I smelling diesel everywhere I went around town. Yuck! My car is bad enough as I spilled a gallon of ULSD in the trunk when a Jerry Can tipped over (yeah, I'm still mixing it in)
But just walking around town every idling truck was really spewing out some noxious odors that just hung around in the humidity. I actually LIKE the smell of diesel most of the time but I bet a lot of people were not liking it.
I guess it is a good reason to go to B100 for the next few weeks at least (My Camry doesn't have the most power in the world and it's even more gutless when running pure bio so I like to run B50 max).
|Thursday, August 2nd, 2007|
Milwaukee Biodiesel Co-op members on the radio
Kyle Capizzi and I were on today's "Lake Effect" show on Milwaukee Public Radio. It's a pretty good show. The one phrase you might not be able to understand me saying is "12 volt battery." The battery is connected to the 20 gallon per minute pump on one end, and powered by a solar panel. (Yeah!)Link!
|Monday, July 23rd, 2007|
The Jenkins family visits the Milwaukee Biodiesel Co-op
The Jenkins family of Nampa, Idaho is "crossing the country in a biodiesel-powered RV spreading the word about the benefits of renewable energy." On July 3, they stopped here in Milwaukee and visited the Milwaukee Biodiesel Co-op. They wrote a very warm post
about their expierence with us. We gave them 10 gallons of fuel and sent them on their way, glad to help make it a "fabulous day" for them.
Drop them a line to see if they're heading your way. They're a very nice family working for a very good cause. Current Mood: good
|Thursday, July 19th, 2007|
Milwaukee Biodiesel Co-op Grand Opening Event!
We are proud to announce the gran opening of the Milwaukee Biodiesel Co-op!
In short: Saturday July 28, 5-9 PM at Future Green, 2352 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee. We will have free food, live music, and ASTM-certifide B100 for sale. Member price is $3.20/gal, $3.48 for nonmembers. We sell the fuel at cost.
We've got quite a buzz going in Milwaukee, mostly through word of mouth and our presence in some recent parades and some select media hits. Our full blitz just began this week, and we already have a few elected reps coming to the event. It should be good!
Here's the press release, ( behind the cut.Collapse ) Current Mood: excited
|Tuesday, June 12th, 2007|
boston area b100?
i'm planning a trip from north carolina to the southern coast of maine (major life changes happening & i'm in need of a journey). i've been using biodiesel.org's handy retail biodiesel map
to make arrangements to pick up b100 for my '02 jetta wagon along the way.
one area where i've had trouble finding b100 is in boston. so, can anyone recommend a coop or other boston source of b100 that i could contact? seems all the b100 i've found so far in massachusets is a good way to the west of boston, which isn't exactly on my route (though it may need to become on my route if i can't find an alternative).
stmaybe (& stinky, the '02 jetta wagon who no longer reeks of nasty diesel fuel)
|Thursday, June 7th, 2007|
6/9 Milwaukee Biodiesel Co-op Meeting - We will have fuell
Milwaukee Biodiesel Co-op Meeting Saturday June 9th, 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Please join us for the next meeting of the Milwaukee Biodiesel Co-op on Saturday, June 9th at 5:00 PM at Future Green, 2352 S. Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee 53207.
The first hour of the meeting will be "Biodiesel 101," an introduction to biodiesel. The second half will be dedicated to co-op business -- and the sale of fuel! We will have B100 (100% biodiesel) on hand for sale. The price will be around $3.20/gallon, but rest assured we are not making a cent off the sale.
Both parts of the meeting are open to the public. Anyone can attend. We hope to see you there!
Milwaukee Biodiesel Co-op - Meeting Agenda
I. General Meeting
A. Welcome and introductions
B. Introduction to Biodiesel
Basics of what biodiesel is and the use of it in
different vehicles, the biodiesel lifecycle, and how
biodiesel use has expanded in the United States
over the last five years.
II. Co-op Business Meeting
A. Coop at MREA 7/15 to 7/17
B. Progress report on 501(c)3 incorporation
C. Availability of fuel. B100 will be available, please
bring 5 gallon containers.
D. Vision of the Coop
F. Invitation to join the Coop as a member
See you there!
Biodiesel events in Milwaukee and Chicagoland
An e-mail from a comrade in biodiesel...
This is just a quick note to let you know about biodiesel events going on around the Milwaukee/ Chicagoland area as you have expressed interest at one of the events I have spoken or had a booth.
There are two biodiesel co-op meetings going on this weekend. I will be speaking at the Milwaukee Biodiesel Co-op meeting at Future Green (http://www.futuregreen.net/pages.php?pageid=18
) at 5pm.
I have not been able to get any information regarding this group, but Chicago Biofuels (http://chicagobiofuels.org/?p=23
) is meeting at noon.
There will be a large gathering of biodiesel users at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association fair in Custer Wisconsin Jun 15-17. see http://www.the-mrea.org/energy_fair.php
for more information. This in one of the largest renewable energy events in the world and in [its] 18th year!
We continue to brew biodiesel at Prairie Crossing in Lake County as well so if you are still interested in an operating brewing co-op, wnat to learn more about using biodiesel, or wish to find a vehicle in which to burn biodiesel contact me for more information.
In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position
is mistaken," and then they actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again.
They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is
sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened
in politics or religion.
-Carl Sagan, 1987 CSICOP keynote address
I hope I am not breaking any rules...
Hello, I just joined this community. I am an anthropology student at UC Santa Cruz and am writing a paper on biofuel use. If it's ok, will some of you please answer the following questions and help me out!
|Sunday, June 3rd, 2007|
|Friday, May 25th, 2007|
I am in need of info. I have an 87 VW golf 16 valve 1.8L GTI that I want to convert to LPG. I can install it myself with no problem but I need to do it as cost effectivly as possible. If anyone knows of any resources for finding the under hood components at a reasonable price that would be tons of help.
|Monday, May 21st, 2007|
I just purchased a 1998 Beetle TDI, and I'm on my first tank of B2, and am considering fueling up with higher percentages of biodiesel.
I bought a spare fuel filter, in case I get a clog, but in that vein, how many people have seen their filters clog up after switching?
(my car has about 119000 miles)
Also, do people know of stations around the Albany, NY area?
|Monday, February 26th, 2007|
I like to watch ebay. It's fun to see what is out there. I've been watching and tracking every Camry Diesel that comes through (only a handful every year).
Yesterday the first auction on one of River's (my own personal '84 Camry Turbo-Diesel) twin sisters
since the one last December, that had a bad tranny, closed at $3,302!!!!
The seller was a half-wit who couldn't write, spell or use ANY capitalization in his 2-line description. He refused to answer any questions on the car's mechanical condition other than it "looks good" and the photos were atrocious!
Not only that, but his ebay rating was (1)!!!!!
Good lord, 48 bids with 18 unique bidders pushed this car up to $3.3K -I printed out a copy for my own records. It will be nice to have if I ever need to prove the value of river.
"Looks good" my ass. The car is definitely going to need a timing belt and all new hoses, idlers and stuff. It's 24 years old for Christ's sake. I know. I just went through the process. About $400 in parts not including labor right there.
I can guarantee that the IP is leaking or will soon be leaking. Once she gets her first tankfull of ULSD she certainly will be needing an IP rebuild. That's another $500 not including labor for R&R. Viton Seals are a must.
Parts and labor to get this brown bomber to the point where my River is today will run at least $1.5K if done right. (if not done right it WON'T be a dependable driver) If they do all the work themselves will still be about $1K added to the $3.3K purchase price PLUS transportation costs to get it "home" (wherever that may be). It cost me $500 to fly out to Seattle plus fuel/expenses to drive River home.
This, in my estimation, puts this car in the $5-6K
range when all is said and done -even for the home-mechanic do-it-yourself type. -for a 23-year-old ECONOBOX!
If this doesn't drive home the fact that Toyota needs to release a Camry/Corolla diesel again for 2007/2008 I don't know what else could.
People is craxy! Current Mood: amused
|Monday, February 19th, 2007|
Today I got my car out and drove it around a bit more. I'm still on the same tank of B50 that I had in it last Novemeber. It's down to less than 1/4 so I figured I'd drive around a little today and find some cheap fuel and put 5-gallons of dino in and then come home and use one of the 5-gallon cans of B100 I bought last November to make my own B50. I noticed last week that the stuff was THICK and had yellow waxy glop stuck to the sides and the spout inside. Looks like Glycerin to me. I brought it inside all day to warm up (I have heated floors) but at 60-degrees it is nice and thin but I STILL see little floaters in there and there is some stuff on the inside of the can causing shadows when I shine a light through it.
I bought this stuff commercially from PrairieFire BioDiesel Coop in Madison, WI. I've stored it in sealed 5-gallon plastic Diesel cans (nearly brand new) and all 4 cans were stored in my unheated garage. I can understand it gelling but this seems like it is more than that. I wiped off the yellow goop from the spout with a paper towel and laid it out in the sun. It's 40-degrees out but it didn't melt and is still in the paper towel. I think this is too much glycerin. I didn't use the stuff although it's the same stuff that I mixed my B50 with last November and I've not had any troubles although I did put anti-gel in it and a scootch of marvel.
I might wait until summer and see if it is any better and if not I'm going to take it back up to WI and ask them about it. I suspect it might be better at 80-degrees this summer and I can burn it up.
Unfortunately all the Dino-D I could find in the chicago area is ULSD. So now I've got that in the tank I want to not switch back and forth. I've got all brand new Viton seals in my IP when I had it rebuilt. I hope the ULSD doesn't effect it again. I think it will be OK as long as I'm not switching back and forth causing the seals to swell and contract. The car is 24 years old and I don't want to take any more chances (or pay another $525 to have my pump rebuilt AND have to pull it off again. What a PITA that was. That timing belt isnt coming off for another 60K! (Camry Diesels don't have ANY room to do the TB change)