TRANSLOGIC 6.3: Biodiesel

We head to New Leaf Biofuels to see how used cooking oil can be refined to create biodiesel that can power your ride. We also sit down with New Leaf President and CEO Jennifer Case for a discussion of the history and future of this alternative fuel.

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Simple Biodiesel - A first Experiment
A video of myself producing biodiesel for the first time. No doubt there will many criticisms, people saying I should have done this, that, or the other, but I dont care - what I did worked well, and actually it was quite a good grade of biodiesel. Beginners luck perhaps? Or maybe I just had some good advice. I'm sure I will be criticised for not having narrated this, mostly by people that have never narrated anything, at least nothing worthwhile. So, here are the steps as shown in the video - not that anybody ever bothers to read the video description. (1) 0:00 to 01:35 Filter whatever used vegetable oil you have - I filtered down to 10microns. In future I would only use bedsheets or old denim to filter the oil. (2) 01:35 to 02:22 Heat 1Litre of oil to above 100°C to drive off any water. (3) 01:35 to 03:30 While the oil is cooling, mix up some methoxide. I used 7g of potassium hydroxide in 250mls of methanol. (4) 03:30 to 05:35 When the oil has cooled to 55°C, ad the methoxide, and agitate gently. Allow time for the process of transesterification to complete. I wrapped the mixture in insulation to keep the temperature up for as long as possible, but left it alone for 48hours. (5) 05:35 to 06:35 Once the transesterification process is complete, drain off the sediment or carefully pour off the biodiesel. (6) 06:45 to 10:00 Wash the diesel. Add hot water to the diesel and agitate it gently, then drain off the water. I repeated this process five times, but I only show two (because it gets rather boring). The first wash was full of particles, but the third, fourth, and fifth washes were crystal clear. (7) 10:05 to 11:25 Heat the diesel to dry it, you will need to stir it continuously during this process. I took my diesel up to 130°C. (8) Burn your diesel using the method of your choosing. Be aware this can be a dangerous process. It is up to you to make yourself aware of the dangers.

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Biodiesel | Learn How To Make Your Own Biodiesel From Vegetable Oil
Watch In HD! Graydon Blair from Utah Biodiesel Supply shows you how to make a quick mini-batch of Biodiesel from new oil using only methanol and potassium hydroxide. The batch is made from new Canola oil but any organic oil will work. The recipe: 500 mL Canola Oil 100 mL Methanol 3.5 grams Potassium Hydroxide (KOH) Materials Needed: 1 Liter New Canola Oil 1 Yellow Bottle of HEET 3.5 Grams Potassium Hydroxide (KOH) 1 Measuring Cup To Handle Up To 500 mL (Oil) 1 Measuring Beaker up to 100 mL (Methanol) 1 Small scale accurate to 0.5 grams 1 Measuring cup for scale 1 Pan & small burner to heat oil 1 Thermometer that reads up to 200 deg. F 1 Pouring Funnel 1 Large Wide Mouth Mason Jar 1 Pair of safety gloves Instructions: A) Add 500 mL to pan & begin to heat B) Measure out 100 mL Methanol C) Measure out 3.5 Grams KOH D) Add KOH to Methanol & allow to dissolve E) Heat oil to 130 deg. F (no hotter than 140 deg F Max) F) Pour heated oil into mason jar G) Pour methanol into oil H) Screw on Mason jar lid tight I) Shake vigorously for at least 5 minutes J) Allow to settle for approx 24 hours K) Remove Glycerin L) Biodiesel is ready to show off! To learn more about Biodiesel including how to produce it from used vegetable oils, visit Utah Biodiesel Supply