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Permalink 09:01:20 pm, Categories: News, 79 words   English (US)

Diesel guru shows GM how to make higher mileage Hummer

Using biodiesel/SVO based engines, Johnathan Goodwin has proven to GM that it is possible to do better, much better, than the status quo. Goodwin is co-founder of SAE Energy.

"He takes the hugest American cars on the road and rejiggers them to get up to quadruple their normal mileage and burn low-emission renewable fuels grown on U.S. soil--all while doubling their horsepower."

Vid of his upgraded biodiesel powered Chevy Impala beating a Lamborghini down the dragstrip:



Permalink 02:36:56 pm, Categories: Announcements [A], Background, 316 words   English (US)

Biodiesel equipment and supplies for sale in Deland FL


Bob in Deland FL is selling his biodiesel making equipment and supplies.
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He writes:

I have decided to sell out all of my bio-diesel making equipment. Its all basically brand new. I was just about to start production and my job situation has changed dramatically. I hate to sell but hopefully someone can take advantage and make an impact with what I have already put together.
Two 100 gallon fiberglass tanks, New 80 gallon hot water heater with plumbing changes made and sight tube added, Two pumps with tubing, Vacuum pump with cooling element and tank for methanol recovery, 55 gallon drum of methanol, 50 gallons new cooking oil, 30 gallons used oil. And tons of extra plumbing, books, Girl-Mark manual on how to, blender samples of 1 liter made bio-diesel from soy oil, canola oil and even pig lard and more things than I can remember.

Available only for pick up in Central Florida

I am asking $500. I've got that much in the reactor, oil and 55 gallons of methanol not to mention the twin 100 gallon fiberglass wash tanks with custom built stand pipes (pictured in front of tanks). The methanol recovery pump can be used to suck methanol from the drum as well as suck out the methanol from the waste glycerin using the radiator and fan as a cooling element. You can't really see it in the pictures but there are a ton of extra fittings as well. The reactor was never used for oil. I just about had everything set up when life got in the way.

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But my loss is your gain. The altruistic part of me really hopes this goes to a good home where someone is really serious can make a difference in the environment by making a few batches a week. But if nobody steps forward in the near future I would consider selling it piecemeal.

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Permalink 12:44:14 pm, Categories: News, 86 words   English (US)

Biodiesel use in Palm Bay, Brevard Public Schools

Florida Today reports on the use of biodiesel by Brevard Public Schools and the City of Palm Bay.

Palm Bay is reported to use B20 in 141 heavy vehicles, saving $12,000 per year.

The school has been using B20 in 130 school buses for 14 months.

Glover Oil is selling 100,000 gallons per month to these and other customers including Patrick Air Force Base and the Orlando Airport Authority.

Maybe other local municipalities (Melbourne, Cocoa, Titusville) will see the green light and start getting the environmental and financial benefits of biodiesel?



Permalink 12:56:52 pm, Categories: News, 136 words   English (US)

SunDay Challenge Road Rally photos

Brevard Biodiesel participated in the the SunDay Challenge Alternative Fueled Vehicle Road Rally on Sunday.

Lined up at the start, we are car #2. Cars were started at 1 minute intervals and rated on precision instruction following of route timing along the ~30 mile course: Click for larger view

Diesel Jeep Grand Cherokees as part of static display at FSEC rally starting point.Click for larger view

Starting line at FSEC. Vehicles include Hybrid, Electric, and Biodiesel. Click for larger view

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Permalink 12:21:09 am, Categories: News, 130 words   English (US)

Melbourne startup Florida Syngas LLC turns glycerol into electricity

A local Melbourne FL startup, Florida Syngas LLC, is covered in the October 2007 issue (4MB PDF) of Brevard Business News.

This company focuses on a distributed generation unit that converts the byproduct of biodiesel production, glycerol, into electricity. The process uses "Brute Force Physics" as described at the related Brevard Research Inc web site.

Co-founder John Sessa says in the article:

We’re capitalizing on a rising waste product created by the biodiesel industry. The biodiesel industry is starting to ramp up because America wants renewable energy. We are creating a clean, synthesis gas, which is a term loosely applied to any combination of hydrogen and carbon monoxide.

The product will be a "a 100–kilowatt unit, which comes in at $120,000 using the standard pricing model." and stand about 5 feet tall.

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