Partnership with the Loyola University Biodiesel Program Expanded
Loyola University is expanding the Biodiesel Production Program and is working with other Chicago Area Universities that want to be part of the renewable energy system. Chicago Biofuels is collecting the used cooking oil from partnering institutions and supplying the Loyola Program. The latest school to come onboard is Kennedy King College. Loyola teaches a renewable fuels curriculum and produces biodiesel that powers the Free Enterprise System shuttle buses that operate on both Loyola campuses.
2013 Collective Biofuels Conference in Breckenridge, CO. Aug 15-18th
The Collective Biodiesel Conference is a non-profit event geared toward active and open collaboration among participants, including home brewers, grease collectors, multi-million gallon producers, and everyone in between.
Unlike other conferences, the content is aimed to provide sufficient detail for participants to put what they learn, both technical and logistical, directly into action. In addition to open forums and lectures, the conference also features case studies from active Biodiesel co-ops and companies.
Confirmed topics (more to come):
Biodiesel Feedstocks and the Next 10 Years
Power from the People
Technical Discussion of Community Scale Biodiesel Production
Sustaining Your Biodiesel Users
How to Unite as a Co-op
Standalone Mobile Biodiesel Co-op Station Building
Quality Testing for Small Scale Biodiesel
Grease Collection Routing Software
NCORA (National Cooking Oil Recyclers Association)
Climate Change and Biofuels
The Most Sustainable Fuel on the Planet
The Complete Biodiesel Economy: Closing The Loop
Advanced Biofuels Update: The Emergence of Commercial Hydrogenation of Plant Fats to Diesel Fuels
A Brave New World for Distribution
Small Scale Biodiesel Production Using Enzyme Catalysts
To learn more and register for this conference go to:
Partnership with Northwestern University and Loyola kicked off
Chicago Biofuels has started collecting used cooking oil from Sodhexo run cafeterias on the Northwestern University campus. Chicago Biofuels will clean up the oil and provide it to the Loyola Biodiesel lab who will process the oil into Biodiesel. Loyola makes biodiesel that powers the Free Enterprise System shuttle buses that operate on both campuses. This is small scale biodiesel production at it's finest! Utilizing local feedstock to produce renewable fuels that power buses within our city.
Check some of the following articles for more information:
- Cooking oil converted to fuel bus fleets - Stephen Anzaldi
- From the deep fryer to the diesel engine: Cooking oil fuels Northwestern and Loyola shuttles - Drew Kann
- Loyola University Chicago and Northwestern University Partner in Biodiesel Enterprise and Outreach - Maeve Kiley
2012 Collective Biofuels Conference in Temeculah, CA. Aug 17-19th
Pete is heading to Cali this year to attend the CBC conference. This year's conference will feature a wide variety of topics and will focus on industrial scale up production. This is a yearly event that draws small scale biodiesel companies and coops from all over the world.
Planting Sunflowers on Bronzeville Vacant Lots
We've started a project with the Genesis Housing Corp to turn vacant lots into productive fcod and energy spaces. Today we planted about 150 sunflowers after clearing and tilling some vacant property in Bronzeville.
* UPDATE * 8/1/12: Despite the drought and hot weather, the sunflowers are coming in strong! Rob took this picture the other day and they look great.
Curriculum Development at the CCA Academy
Rob has been working on a 10 week biofuels curriculum at the CCA academy at 1231 S. Pulaski.