Virginia Clean Cities hosted a comprehensive Biodiesel Webinar on September 17th. The seminar was recorded and can be accessed at any time from the below link:
View the online archive of the Virginia 2010 Biodiesel Webinar
Join us for the Virginia Biodiesel Webinar. This webinar aims to inform interested stakeholders on the subject of biodiesel and biodiesel use. Specific topics discussed include the state of the biodiesel industry, supply chain issues, use and implementation, niche markets such as mining and schools, quality control, and incentives/funding.
This webinar is in advance of Virginia Clean Cities’ Virginia Biodiesel Conference, scheduled for September 29, 2010 (http://vabiodiesel.eventbrite.com/).
Associate Professor, Center for Sustainable Energy
Kansas State University
Sponsored by the Soy Checkoff
If you have any additional questions, please direct them to Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-568-5586.
Biodiesel is a diesel fuel replacement produced from feedstock sources such as soybeans, cooking oil, and animal fats. Biodiesel can be used in its pure form (B100 or “neat”) or blended at any ratio with petroleum diesel to achieve cost efficiency and improve cold weather performance. It is commonly used as B20 – a blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel.
Numerous fleets in Virginia have used biodiesel including: Williamsburg-James City County Schools, Virginia Beach Public Schools, Arlington County & Schools, US Army, Gloucester County Schools, Woodfin Oil, Harrisonburg Schools and Transit, James Madison University, Staunton, Waynesboro, the University of Virginia, Chesterfield County, Westmoreland County, Northumberland County, Roanoke Municipal & Schools, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, and more.
Biodiesel can be used in any diesel vehicle without modification*. It is used throughout the world, and in many applications including buses, delivery trucks, waste disposal and recycling trucks, construction and farm equipment, heavy-duty freight hauling, boats and passenger vehicles.
Biodiesel performs similar to traditional diesel, though B100 may result in a minimal power loss and a slight reduction in fuel economy due to its lesser energy content than petroleum diesel. B20 is the most popular blend, and users report no or minimal difference in fuel economy from petroleum diesel.