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|Posted: Apr 26, 2007 5:47 pm Post subject: Community based biodiesel recommendation from Canada
|This idea from Canada could be workable in any grain-heavy American rural area. First reported by AgReport.
|Farmers Encouraged to Build Biodiesel Plants
REGINA - Apr 26/07 - SNS -- Western Canadian farmers should work together to build community biodiesel production facilities in order to regain local control over fuel costs and availability, argues Dr. Rex Newkirk, the Director of Feed at the Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI).
"Biodiesel is an interesting opportunity, because, unlike other ventures, it is possible for communities to produce it themselves," says Newkirk.
"Building a one- or two- or five-million-liter-per-year plant is a starting place for a continuous flow system. For around $1 million, a community can build a plant and get into the industry. It presents some opportunity for rural Saskatchewan that potentially doesn't exist elsewhere."
That opportunity includes the prospect of new markets for locally grown canola, lower fuel costs and local jobs.
"I think one of the advantages of producing biodiesel and developing a small system is that it generates a lot of knowledge in the area, as well as some experience for communities that might want to venture into the industry bit by bit," Newkirk stated.
There's more at AgReport (http://www.agreport.com/open/251742.phtml) but most of it concerns a workshop CIGI offers to those interested in setting up plants. Interestingly, they teach producers to set up microplants that are designed to supply the needs for just their own farm.
One million's not a lot to capitalize, given the number of farms, elevators, mills and other ag businesses that could get in on a small-scale plant like this.