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Biodiesel Basics and Beyond: A Comprehensive Guide to Production and Use for the Home and Farm [Paperback]

by William H. Kemp
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April 1, 2006 0973323337 978-0973323337 0

Biodiesel Basics and Beyond aims to separate fact from fiction and to educate potential home, farm, and cooperative manufacturers on the economic production of quality biodiesel from both waste and virgin oil feedstock. The book includes:

  • detailed processes and equipment required to produce biodiesel fuel that meets North American standards
  • how farmers can use excess oilseed as a feedstock for biodiesel production
  • the use of the co-byproduct glycerin in the making of soap
  • a guide to numerous reference materials and a list of supplier data

This is North America’s definitive guide to responsibly producing biodiesel from waste vegetable oil while minimizing your environmental footprint in the process.


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About the Author

William Kemp is VP Engineering of Powerbase Automation Systems Inc. and a consulting electronics/software designer who develops control systems for low environmental impact hydroelectric utilities worldwide. He is also an author, sustainable living and clean energy advocate working in renewable energy heating, energy efficiency, photovoltaic, micro-hydro and wind electric systems.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Aztext Press (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0973323337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973323337
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William (Bill) Kemp, is V.P. Engineering of an energy sector corporation where he leads the development of low environmental impact hydroelectric and agricultural biogas systems. Bill is a leading expert in small and mid-scale renewable energy technologies and is the author of four books including the best selling "The Renewable Energy Handbook". He is also a co-author of the David Suzuki Foundation report "Smart Generation; Powering Ontario with Renewable Energy". In addition he has published numerous articles on small-scale private power and is the chairman of electrical safety standards committees with the Canadian Standards Association. He and his wife Lorraine have lived off the electrical grid on their hobby/horse farm in eastern Ontario, for the past 15 years.

Customer Reviews

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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I didn't purchase this book. I received it as a gift. In my review, I will list the pros and cons of Biodiesel Basics and Beyond. Before making comments, I would like to point out an observation of the other reviews. Most, if not all of the reviewers, except for me, haven't made a drop of biodiesel. I hope Biodiesel Basics and Beyond didn't scare anyone from attempting to make biodiesel.

First the pros:
The best information; reacted biodiesel contains methanol. The methanol should be removed from the biodiesel before washing. Kemp suggests to drain the glycerin from the reacted biodiesel and to burn off the remaining methanol by reheating the biodiesel. Normally the methanol would mix in the wash water and be disposed into a drain field. Kemp also stresses that raw glycerin should be decontaminated. Glycerin contains a lot of methanol and it can be recovered. Kemp explains how to remove methanol from glycerin and goes one step further. Vinegar can been added to the glycerin to bring the pH to neutral levels. The glycerin can then be used as a humectant or dust suppressant.

I can say some are taking glycerin byproduct to sewage treatment facilities. Call your local plant and see if they can process leftover glycerin. Be aware that it's a good idea to keep methanol from polluting wells and it is highly toxic if ingested. However, since methanol is readily biodegradable in both aerobic (oxygen present) and anaerobic (oxygen absent) environments, methanol will not persist in the environment. The "half-life" for methanol in groundwater is just one to seven days, while many common gasoline components have half-lives in the hundreds of days (such as benzene at 10-730 days).
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Biodiesel: Basics and Beyond September 7, 2006
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Biodiesel: Basics and Beyond is a must read for the microscale or home biodiesel brewer. Kemp explains that making biodiesel is not just mixing a couple of chemicals together, but it is a complex, meticulous process that takes a lot of thought and planing. This book degrades home brewers who don't do there part in keeping the enviorment clean and productive.

Bill Kemp has engineered a small biodiesel production facilty on his off grid horse farm in Canada. His system seems to be well engineered when compared to other manufactured biodiesel production systems on the market. Throughout this book, he has many "myth busters". He proves that methanol does not totaly evaporate just by sitting in the sun, but it needs suplimental heat added to it in order to boil the methanol out of the glycrol.

I rate this book excelent over all and book that all the manufactures of biodiesel systems sould read.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one to buy February 9, 2007
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Wow...this book is loaded with great information and a step by step guide for making your own biodiesel with loads of pictures to make sure you understand the process. There is even a section on making a small "sample" batch just to make sure you know the process before you begin a larger production. I haven't tried making any biodiesel yet but I definitely feel like I have the information necessary to give it a go when I am ready.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bio basics and beyond March 13, 2007
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the only bio diesel book you'll need it covers everything,I've purchased several books on the subject none have come close to the amount of information in this book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Biodiesel Primer June 4, 2007
Format:Paperback
I was looking at a BioDiesel business opportunity and needed to increase my knowledge base. I was very impressed with the organization and detail presented in the text. The author was an advocate of biodiesel but did a good job of identifying some of the challenging issues associated with biodiesel production. I have recommended this book to several others.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Biodiesel February 16, 2007
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Excellent introduction as well as excellent coverage of misunderstandings and pitfalls. Don't brew diesel until you've read this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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After researching most of the books available on the market on the subject of BIO-DIESEL I eventually settled for this book.
It is well-written and covers every aspect of the manufacture of bio-diesel that the smaller-scale individual would look for in a book. The author is well-versed in his subject and is a definate must-have book if you are looking to get into this field.
Definately worth 5/5 stars from me.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overall book January 11, 2007
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If you need to know what Biodiesel is from the begining to advance, this is the book.

Starts from very simple and understandable explaination up to advanced stuff as you read on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book About Biodiesel
Biodiesel gets much play these days. For those interested in getting off the grid and learning how to be more self reliant this book is an excellent primer for the all essential... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carl Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds a little scary
Book is well written with many ideas of how to obtain the finished product and sourcing your components. The hard part is finding a place that is willing to give up the grease!
Published 1 month ago by Jason
1.0 out of 5 stars Pro big government drivle.
Author makes it plain he doesn't think you should make bio-diesel and would prefer heavy government legislation over individual self sufficiency.
Published 2 months ago by Jason
3.0 out of 5 stars Really informative
I like the information presented, however, it reads a lot more like a term paper than a book. Half the book is very political (I understand the point of talking politics) I think... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jonathan Murphree
5.0 out of 5 stars charlesw245
This book is an excellent no-nonsense guide through the world of small-scale biodiesel production. I appreciate the balanced and sometimes "un-romantic" tone of the book,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Charles Warnky
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely detailed
One of the best books I've read so far on the subject. Detailed on how and why to do things.
Published 4 months ago by Js Wendell
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Guide.
My brother was looking for this and is very happy with the wealth of information in this book. Well worth it.
Published 4 months ago by L. Sawatzke
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice overview of one mans answer to a question
"How do I make Bio-diesel at home safely and reliably to meet my needs?"
lots of good data, pictures and instructions on how to replicate this system which includes... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jimmi the fish
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete quality
I teach Chemistry & Physics. i worked as a professional chemist for over a decade. I absolutely love the science of chemical reactions coupled with the promise of renewable... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Physical Science Guy
3.0 out of 5 stars detailed
The book is extremely detailed. The author goes into great detail, to the extent you tend to skip over parts of the book. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Polly Cox
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