Monday, September 19, 2005


Good Canola is Hard to Find

I woke up this morning very excited to fill my tank with 15 gallons of canola oil. I started pumping and after a gallon the pump filter got clogged. There was this creamy waxy stuff all over the 70 micron wand filter. I couldn’t understand why. I had pumped 15 gallons of the same oil with no problem four days before. How could it have gotten this way? I was mystified. I thought maybe I didn’t clean the wand filter good enough. I went out and bought some degreaser and let the 70 micron filter soak over night. Next day same thing. The oil was definitely hydrogenating with time. Well guess what? It turns out the stuff was actually Partially Hydrogenated Canola Oil. Not a good oil to use. It's back to soy for me.

Use just Canola oil, not Partially Hydrogenated.
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To: EPA news in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska (Region 10)
Subject: [epa-r10-news] From Deep Fryer to High Wire: EPA Grant Helps Cross-Border Project Convert Restaurant Waste Oil to BioDiesel Vehicle Fuel

EPA News Release

Contact: Peter Murchie/EPA Kim Heuss/Washington Technology
503-326-6554 206-616-2847

October 3, 2005

From Deep Fryer to High Wire: EPA Grant Helps Cross-Border Project Convert Restaurant Waste Oil to BioDiesel Vehicle Fuel

Thanks to a $69,777 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant, the Washington Technology Center’s Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative will launch a project to convert waste vegetable oil into biodiesel fuel for utility line trucks that operate along both sides of the U.S./Canadian Border.

EPA’s Administrator for the Northwest Region, L. Michael Bogert, announced the grant today in Seattle as part of the Washington Biofuels Business Collaborative.

The project, named “Bio-49 Degrees,” will replace 12,000 gallons of standard diesel fuel per month with cleaner burning biodiesel for use in Puget Sound Energy and B.C. Hydro’s utility fleets. The project will not only reduce harmful diesel emissions near the border (the 49th parallel), but will also lower the cost of biodiesel for the two power companies. In addition, college students on both sides of the border will be trained to run processors and distribute the biodiesel.

“Innovative grass roots projects like this couldn’t be more timely given the nation’s need to identify and test alternative fuels that are cleaner, more renewable and less expensive,” said Bogert. “This project will not only improve air quality and reduce fuel costs for the utilities in the near term, but will also blaze the trail for future regional and international efforts.”

During the project, Puget Sound Energy will fuel 13 trucks and B.C. Hydro will run a large portion of its fleet using the biodiesel processed by the students. The biodiesel will be produced from used vegetable oil, turning a waste stream into much needed clean fuel. The project will also demonstrate the effectiveness of a new biodiesel processing unit, the “Biodieseler 115,” at the two technical colleges – the Washington State at Bellingham Technical College and the Burnaby Technical Institute in British Columbia.

This grant is one of the 16 new diesel emissions reduction grants totalling more than $1.4 million that EPA is awarding this year as part of the West Coast Collaborative. The grants will leverage an additional $5.8 million in matching funds.

The West Coast Collaborative is a partnership between leaders from
federal, state, and local government; the private sector; and
environmental groups in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, Alaska, Canada, and Mexico committed to reducing diesel emissions along the West Coast. The Collaborative is part of EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign.
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For more about the Collaborative:

For more about the health effects of breathing diesel exhaust:

For More about the Washington Technology Center:
Just saw Willie Nelson on Bill Maher's show on HBO. Willie drives a biodiesel Mercedes, his wife drives a biodiesel Volkswagen and his tourbus also runs on biodiesel. All of 'em run on soybean oil.

Also interesting to hear that the original diesel engine when it was first invented was designed to run on biodiesel!

Party on Willie (and Kevin)!
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