Monthly Archives: January 2004

California Bound

By the time Rachel, Leif and I are having beers in the airport, on the other side of security, the energy is palpable. We are joined by Seth, who is a graduate of the Biofuels program at CCCC. Leif is … Continue reading

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Pants First, Then Shoes

I once saw a cartoonóI think it was a Gary Larson “Far Side,” that had a fellow sitting on the edge of his bed, staring blearily at a sign that was sticky taped to the wall. The sign read, “Pants … Continue reading

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Ryhthms of Production

Now that Alien Baby is kicking out big batches, we have a new dilemma. Our current incoming feedstock comes in batches of 150 gallons a week. It has to get processed or we will get backed up. The reactor has … Continue reading

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Fuel Surplus

For the past two years our group has been discussing ways to “get the production up.” Six people get together for a ten gallon batch of biodiesel. Everyone drives away with a pathetic gallon and a half. The biodiesel journey … Continue reading

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Retraction

Let me correct the last Blog entry. I caught wind of an intense dialogue between girl Mark, a biodiesel activist from Northern California, and Joe Jobe, executive director of the National Biodeisel Board. Joe Jobe sent a gracious reply, that … Continue reading

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Shadowing the NBB

The National Biodeisel Board is about to hold its first annual conference at the Wyndham hotel in Palm Springs, California. Before it begins there is a “Shadow Conference” being held at a community college in Clairemont. The first has a … Continue reading

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Going to the Zoo

Leif and I went to the zoo today. We met a committee they have called “Conservation Captains,” which is tasked with promoting sustainable practices in the context of the zoo. We were early for our meeting, and the guy at … Continue reading

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Moving Uptown

The move is on. We are well under way in our move from Summer Shop to the “Refinery.” As of tonight we have one hundred and sixty gallons of waste vegetable oil loaded into the water separator. We have a … Continue reading

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Biodiesel Economics

I had a long conversation with Bo Lozoff the other day. He’s the guy with the empty factory that’s looking to create meaningful employment. He’s an aging hippie who is more into healing the world than making a profit, and … Continue reading

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Human Kindness

Richard Layman writes, “Re: Piedmont Biofuels. Great website and content. Bo Lozof and friends at the Human Kindness Foundation want to consider biofuel production as a possible project. They have a 9000 square foot industrial facility, formerly the “Wizard’s Cauldron” … Continue reading

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