Bio-Diesel (Norm Olson, BECON, Biomass Researcher)
Biomass is one of Iowa's most abundant energy resources. Find out what BECON is doing to make the most of Iowa's "leftovers."
Another way we can convert biomass materials into a fuel that we use to produce electricity is biodiesel production. We can take a vegetable oil, like from a soybean. We squeeze the soybeans; squeeze the oil out of the soybean; treat it in a certain way that makes it flow a little better, makes it a little thinner -- more burnable in an engine. We can take that in a diesel engine generator and again convert that plant based material into electricity through an engine. That engine again could be something like a turbine, a fuel cell, most commonly would be a caterpillar-like engine. I guess I should say diesel engine.