Mines hosts 3rd Annual Biodiesel Collective Conference
The conference will feature talks, discussions and demonstrations by some of the most engaged individuals in the grassroots biodiesel movement. The conference has a focus on community-scale biodiesel and brings together biodiesel co-op members from around the world. In addition, innovative farmers will present new non-food crops to provide oil for biodiesel while others will provide information on emerging sustainable feedstock technologies – including algae.
Jonathan Meuser, associate director of the conference and Mines Ph.D. candidate, said the event serves as means for innovators to share and improve ideas.
“The conference is a test-bed of new technology and innovation in community scale biodiesel,” he said. “For example, do-it-yourself innovators have been sharing and improving their ways to recover residual methanol from the co-products of biodiesel production since the first year of the conference. When this is done the methanol can be recycled and used again, making the entire process cheaper and more environmentally-friendly.”
For more information, including a conference agenda, see the Biodiesel Collective Conference Web site.
Founded in 1874, Colorado School of Mines was established to serve the needs of the local mining industry. Today, the School has an international reputation for excellence in both engineering education and the applied sciences with special expertise in the development and stewardship of the Earth's resources. For more information about Colorado School of Mines, visit www.mines.edu.