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Biodiesel Basics and Beyond: A Comprehensive Guide to Production and Use for the Home and Farm 0th Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Aztext Press (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0973323337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973323337
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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The higher the petroleum costs, and the more 'aware' government and businesses are of environmental issues, the harder it becomes to acquire waste vegetable oil either for direct use or biodiesel production. Your best bet is basically to start a co-op that does the acquisition from all the local restaurants. This isn't something you can really do on an individual basis, not anymore. I went to 4 Chinese restaurants today and they all get PAID for their waste oil (about $0.40/gallon) to a local recycler (who seems to somehow use it for farming purposes). I've also spent several hours researching waste vegetable oil and recyclers in the entire mid-Atlantic region and more and more organizations are professionally acquiring waste cooking oil on a large basis with restaurants in an entire city. If you make the effort, you MAY luck out in getting a few gallons here and there for your personal diesel automobile, but to get it for a larger vehicle (such as a school bus or a tractor as on this book's cover), requires a more formal strategy. Restaurants who already have a working relationship to dispose of their fuel likely end up being PAID rather than paying for their fuel. Only if they pay someone else to pick up the fuel would it make sense. The big problem is that as soon as large corporations get involved in finding 'green' sources of energy (ie converting WVO to biodiesel), then the costs are going to skyrocket and the ability to acquire individually will become impossible unless you're talking somewhere in the boondocks. I love the idea of biodiesel, but as long as we have our excessive thirst for energy, I'm afraid of corporations closing in on the market and making freedom impossible for even the hands-on individual.
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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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