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The Propel Project

The Propel Project Blog is a fantastic new blog about biodiesel, based in Seattle.


A Bit More FUD

... from Philadelphia
"One company that disposes of a whole lot of grease is McDonald's, which is looking into recycling cooking oil into biodiesel, according to spokeswoman Julie Pottebaum. 'However,' she said, 'we have no future plans to expand this small test.'"


"Before you rush out and pimp your ride into a veggiemobile, know that critics not only wave it off as an unproven fad, but warn it could hike insurance rates, void car manufacturers' warranties and result in inconsistent performance."

"'We don't hold a lot of faith in filling up at the hamburger stand,' says Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, a pro-diesel advocacy group, citing car manufacturer concerns about low-quality vegetable oil's effect on a vehicle's fuel injectors."
[via GMSV]


News from Berkeley

Just got email from the Berkeley Biofuel Oasis folks with some exciting news — their pump is installed and operating!
"Many of you already know, that the big day is upon us."

This Saturday Nov. 13 from noon- 4pm we'll be celebrating it's arrival! And if everything goes well in the next few days - we'll also be using it then too. Show your member card for priority pumping. We've invited some of the large biodiesel busses down to host people in for hanging out and discussions."

"Thanks to your financial support and a lot of hard work from several key people, we will finally have the pump available for public use here in Berkeley."

"There have been a lot of additonal costs, as always, so brag to your friends about how great you feel to be a founding member bringing biodiesel to Berkeley and make them want to come down this Saturday and become a founding member too."

South Africa?

A BiodieselBlog reader just wrote in:
"I just came across your blog on biodiesel and am hoping you might help me. I'm trying to find out the stats on biodiesel use in South Africa - if it's currently being used, if there are pilot projects for public transportation, plans to use it in farming equipment, and anything else."
Anybody out there have info on this? If so, leave a comment.