The Daily Republic: Expert Educates on Biodiesel Technology at MTI

Posted on September 26th, 2014

From The Daily Republic (September 25, 2014):

The Farm Power Technology students at Mitchell Technical Institute received some information about the future on Thursday.

About 40 students heard from Hoon Ge, a chemical engineer and expert in the world of diesel, particularly biodiesel. He held a seminar Thursday morning at Mitchell Technical Institute’s Technology Center Amphitheatre and was scheduled to hold another session Thursday night, which was open to the general public.

Ge works for MEG Corp Fuel Consulting, a Plymouth, Minn., firm that conducts educational seminars about diesel and biodiesel. He also helps manage the National Biodiesel Board’s Biodiesel Hotline, which Ge said assists diesel users with problems on plugged up filters, or fuel handling and tank maintenance.

“They don’t have any prenotions and they’re still learning the basics,” he said. “I think that’s a good opportunity for us to reinforce whatever their teacher is teaching and let them know what to look for and what not to look for.”

Compared to other Midwestern states, South Dakota is not a large user or producer of biodiesel, in part because there’s not a mandate or an incentive from the state or federal government to use it, Ge said. In July, Minnesota became the first state in the U.S. to mandate all diesel fuel sold in the state to have 10 percent biodiesel.

South Dakota has a biodiesel tax credit for a biodiesel production facility that produces more than 20 million gallons per year. But according to the National Biodiesel Board, there are no plants currently operating in South Dakota.

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