The LSU AgCenter’s W.A. Callegari Environmental Center
has established a well-equipped laboratory to perform biodiesel quality control analyses for a nominal charge. Biodiesel producers are encouraged to test their biodiesel fuel for quality assurance. All the analyses are performed according to the standards of the American Society for Testing and Material
(ASTM) procedures. Analytical results are compared with the ASTM biodiesel specifications (called D6751). For a listing of all the analyses the Callegari Center can perform, go to the LSU AgCenter’s Web site and search for Callegari Center. Besides these analyses, the center is capable of analyzing feedstock for biodiesel potential.
In March 2008, the center began offering training on the basics of biodiesel production. The training involves basic chemistry and knowledge of the whole process, necessary hardware and chemicals, process monitoring, safety, and economics. This hands-on experience equips trainees with sufficient understanding to start making their own biodiesel. Another important aspect of the training is demonstration of biodiesel production using a fully automated processor and a manually operated processor. Areas of research at the center include production techniques, feedstock sources and analytical techniques. Linda Foster Benedict (This article was published in the fall 2009 issue of Louisiana Agriculture.)