LSU AgCenter schedules second biodiesel workshop for May 11

Johnny Morgan, Carney, Jr., William A.

News Release Distributed 04/13/11

The LSU AgCenter has scheduled a second biodiesel workshop for May 11 due to overwhelming response to the workshop scheduled a week earlier, according to Bill Carney, director of the LSU AgCenter Callegari Environmental Center.

“This also will be a one-day comprehensive workshop on how to make biodiesel fuel from used vegetable oil at the Callegari Environmental Center in Baton Rouge,” Carney said.

This advanced workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. with a break for lunch.

“Like the first workshop, it will be very hands-on. We’ll actually make biodiesel during the workshop and demonstrate the three phases of the process – reaction, washing and drying. The participants will be trained on how to turn a waste product into quality biodiesel,” Carney said.

In addition to learning the chemistry of making biodiesel, the class will see the different kinds of equipment required to make used vegetable oil into quality biodiesel. The equipment will be on display.

“People can make biodiesel in their backyards for as little as a $1,000 investment,” Carney said. “Or they can spend up to $10,000. The average is about $2,500. But they shouldn’t invest in any equipment if they don’t have a reliable source of used vegetable oil.”

Participants also will learn how to troubleshoot if they run into problems making their own biodiesel, Carney said.

The cost for the workshop is $50, and participation is limited to 15 people. To register, call Sondra Rodriguez at 225-578-6998.

More information about the workshop is online at, including directions to the Callegari Center, which is off Nicholson Drive at 1300 Dean Lee Dr., south of the LSU campus.

Johnny Morgan

4/13/2011 6:34:50 PM
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