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"Finally, the book we've been looking for. Greg Pahl's new biodiesel book offers a comprehensive review of all things veggie oil powered. From the history of the diesel engine to the development of the biodiesel industry, past, current, and future. This is the ultimate primer."--Rob Elam, Propel Project
Greg Pahl is the author of numerous books on energy and also writes for Mother Earth News and various other publications on biodiesel, wind power, wood heat, solar energy, heat pumps, electric cars, and a wide range of other topics related to living in a post-carbon world.
His books include Power from the People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects (2012, Chelsea Green), Biodiesel: Growing a New Energy Economy (2005, Chelsea Green), Natural Home Heating: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Options (2003, Chelsea Green), The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Saving the Environment (2001, Macmillan/Alpha Books), and The Unofficial Guide to Beating Debt (2000, IDG Books).
Pahl has been involved in environmental issues for more than twenty-five years. In the 1970s he lived off the grid in a home in Vermont with a wind turbine atop an 80-foot tower that provided for his electrical needs. He is a founding member of the Vermont Biofuels Association as well as the Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op. Pahl attended the University of Vermont and was a military intelligence officer in the US Army during the Vietnam War.
A good summary of what we have already known, in one place of course, and it affirms that biodiesel is best suited to niche where it works.Published on July 15, 2013 by Energy
Excellent overall survey of biodiesel industry, and I really enjoyed the historical part describing the origins of the field. Good information, clearly written, very worthwhile.Published on June 13, 2013 by Anne T
This book was needed for my 7th graders science report. We were unable to find any books of this kind in are public library (checked 6 counties) or our school library. Read morePublished on April 20, 2011 by Southern
The author does a great job explaining what biodiesel is and how it compares to petroleum based diesel fuel. Read morePublished on May 24, 2009 by S. Council
Good history on biodiesel development, less on technical.
It gives a good chapter on the development/adoption of biodiesel around the world.
Interest in alternative motor fuels has been rising even faster than the cost of gasoline. Biodiesel, a drop-in replacement for diesel fuel, is widely seen as one of the best... Read morePublished on May 14, 2007 by Alan D. Eastman
Pahl's book on Biodiesel is a great introduction to the basics and some of the more thought-provoking possibilities of how to create this biofuel. Read morePublished on April 17, 2007 by HomesByScot
Greg's book is a fine introduction to the concept of diesel biofuels and deserves its fivestar rating. Read morePublished on May 8, 2006 by Tim Innes