February 28, 2005
Jeep Liberty CRD ships to the Northwest
Turbofroggy gets a CRD: BioDieselNow Forums - Jeep Liberty CRDs are here!!. I drove it at the National Biodiesel conference in Florida a couple weeks ago. I have to admit that I am not a small SUV guy. And my wife has the Touareg V10 TDI. It has more than double the HP of the Jeep, so I am a bit spoiled. The Jeep is half the price though. So for the $30,000 range, I think it is great. Certainly if you are looking in that size/price range you should consider the CRD!
February 26, 2005
Now here is a way to put your money where your mouth is
A new college set up in the Presidio in San Francisco is offering an MBA degree in Sustainable Business. Presidio World College. Not a bad way to learn how to make money out of your environmental values. Duke has a similar program.
Now you must remember that these "colleges" are not dis-interested in making a $$ themselves. In general I am quite skeptical of advanced degrees. I generally believe if you took the $30-$50K it would cost you for an MBA and spent it trying to start a company you would learn more than you can in a degree program. But some people need guidance and focus. These two programs surely would provide that. I wonder how many graduates there are every year in these kind of programs? I wonder what having 10X of these kind of people would do to our environment?
February 18, 2005
Roundup of Seattle Biodiesel sites
Never heard of this site before, but thanks Rob for this link: Seattlest: You Put Soybeans In The Tank. The "some guy in georgetown" I think is Seattle Biodiesel. Yea, keep your head down John and get the processor working!
February 10, 2005
The Mercedes Wrangler
Great article today in San Francisco: The Mercedes Wrangler is riding the eco-range. This is what I call a micro-market. A niche of a niche of a niche that can be dominated by one guy. Buy expensive mercedes diesels from LA where they are not valued and sell them in Seattle where they are valued. This guy promotes WVO as the fuel rather than biodiesel, and there are big economic benefits to that. But I like Biodiesel for the masses. The masses don't want to drive a 25 year old car. They want to drive a new car.
He mentions something called magnegas which apparently is making combustible gas for regular engines from human waste streams. I need to look into that.
February 7, 2005
Spokane resource for Climate Friendly Farming
Ran across this site over the weekend. Climate Friendly Farming: News. Wend. of this week there is a Oil Seed Crusher Summit in Spokane which many people from the northwest are attending. What the Northwest needs to make B100 a more viable local option is a local crusher. The transportation cost and availability of feedstock is a major impediment to local production in volume. Keep an eye on this place.
February 1, 2005
Hanging in Ft. Lauderdale with the farmers
Attending the National Biodiesel Board Biodiesel conference this week in Ft. Lauderdale. About 600 were expected. There were 850 pre-registered and over 100 day of show registrations. This business is hot. Some observations:
There are actual customers at the show. Farmers, entrepreneurs, distributors, retailers, large fuel consumers, and more. Actual customers of biodiesel. Companies that want to expand their investment in the business. This is a good sign. Many trade shows I have been to end up being alot of vendors talking to each other wondering where the real customers are. This is not the case here.
Total US Biodiesel production was between 30-35M gallons in 2004. It was roughly flat with 2003 due in large part to the 50% increase in soy prices during the year. The effects of the Soy price shock were somewhat blunted by the petrol price rises at the same time.
Everyone I talked to is quite optimistic about 2005. Primarilly due to the blender tax incentives. I personally talked to producers who had projects in the works which would produce over 150M gallons a year of new biodiesel (some internationally).
The most interesting biodiesel production opportunities continue to be overseas where the price of #2 Diesel remains high. Hawaii is a special case where Pacific Biofuels is able to undercut petrodiesel with their waste vegitable oil biodiesel. Since they produce biodiesel locally and #2 Diesel must be imported, they are able to sell Biodiesel at the pump for around $2.40/gallon while #2 diesel is aroudn $2.70. With those economics stateside, B100 life would be a reality!
A little noticed side note to the show is that the water bus that runs along the inland waterway here in Ft. Lauderdale is BioDiesel. Not mentioned at the show, but I got that when going out to dinne yesterday.
The Jeep Liberty CRD was here on the showroom floor. It has much more room inside than it looks. And very solidly built. When inside you can't hear any of the outside noises. The company is offering rides today and I will compare it to the Touareg!
Well off to day 2