Biodiesel

Harnessing power from the Earth below us

Biodiesel is an alternative fuel that can be run in any diesel car.
It is not made from fossil fuels but renewable sources including but not limited to canola, corn and algae.

biodiesel in glass jar

This glass container contains biodiesel. Sunflowers are another source of oil to make biodiesel.

Biodiesel is easy to make, easy to use, biodiegradable, and non-toxic (Source: National Biodiesel Board). It is made from three things; an oil, alcohol and catalyst.

Biodiesel can be run in any car powered by diesel fuel. The only thing that may need to be changed is the rubber fuel hose, which is only a problem in older cars. Biodiesel can be found around the world and even locally in Oregon.

map of oregon w/ biodiesel locations

Biodiesel locations in Oregon as of July, 2010

Currently biodiesel work at OSU includes classroom outreach and a biodiesel demonstration unit. Each work to teach others about the benefits and drawbacks of biodiesel.

Constructing a 40 Gal heated biodiesel reactor at Oregon State University.

If you want to learn how to operate the biodiesel cart, join our list serve and keep an eye out for community outreach announcements. We’ll train you on everything you need to know to run it. You can also download a schematic and instructions for the biodiesel cart: Biodiesel Cart Schematic and Instructions