When we grow protein to feed the world, we get more fat than we can eat. Biodiesel is made from used cooking oil, animal fats, and a growing diversity of waste greases and vegetable oils, like soybean oil. The US has a large supply of these excess fats and oils as a byproduct of food production. Using these excess fats and oils reduces the cost of protein for the food supply.
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Here are some basics you need to understand about combatting climate change. You don’t need a PhD or to be of any particular political persuasion to comprehend this. These are the fundamentals to master if you want to engage in debate or effectively find solutions to global warming.
Biodiesel can be an elegant way to store solar energy for transportation uses. Biodiesel is nontoxic, biodegradable, reduces emissions, and creates local jobs. With multiple benefits stemming from every gallon of biodiesel used to displace fossil fuels, the big question is: What is the appropriate and achievable rate of growth for this young industry?
Advances in technical research and market development are propelling agriculture in new directions. Through agricultural science, crop varieties and yields continue to improve to produce sufficient nutritious food for a growing and increasingly affluent global population. In the course of satisfying global demand for protein, agriculture has been oversupplying carbohydrates, fat, and fiber which are coproducts of protein production. This surplus gave rise to the development of biofuels, which in turn improve the economics of the food supply. Developing markets for excess fat, fiber, and carbohydrates reduces the cost of protein production from conventional crops.
Half of the biodiesel produced in the US is made from soybean oil. The other half is produced substantially from animal fats, used cooking oil, and other recycled or waste oils. It is easy to see how using wastes and byproducts to make biodiesel is a good thing, but some people have trouble understanding that using soybean oil works the exact same way. Biodiesel uses excess oil that we don’t use in our food supply.
Below are complete highlights from the official blog of the 2015 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo.
Below are highlights from January 30 from the official blog of the 2015 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo.
We are making inroads to capture solar energy using photovoltaic, thermal, wind, wave, hydroelectric, and other methods. The challenge facing these forms of energy capture is how to store energy, particularly for mobile uses. As it turns out, nature has a solution to that, too. Nature has given us a blueprint for storing solar energy. That blueprint is best exemplified in a plant.
Below are highlights from January 29 from the official blog of the 2015 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo.
Below are highlights from January 28 from the official blog of the 2015 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo.