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Oakland University Wood Chip Boiler
In 2011, OU installed a high tech, automated wood chip boiler at the Clean Energy Research Center located on the east campus at the OU INC.  This is a 1,000,000 BTU/hr KOB boiler from Austria.  This $1M installation was supplied by Fink Machine out of British Columbia, Canada, and installed by Johnson & Wood Mechanical out of Burton, Michigan.  Click here for more information.

Oakland University BioEnergy Demonstration Stations
The OU CERC <under construction>

School Districts are Using BioDiesel 
St. John's schools found that reduced oil changes from biodiesel was a NET cost savings (including the higher cost of B20 biodiesel fuel).  Read this article

From fryer to fuel tank: U-M students reclaim waste grease as renewable fuel
University of Michigan engineering students demonstrated that junk food does have a good side?  It can be used to make biodiesel fuel for U-M buses. For their environmental sustainability course, a student team demonstrated that it is economically and technically feasible to harvest the 10,700 gallons of waste grease produced in the 10 campus dining halls to make an effective biodiesel fuel, which they produced and then tested out on a small U-M tractor. The University purchases 60,000 gallons of biodiesel per year for its diesel bus fleet; replacing 10,700 gallons of that purchase with waste grease will achieve an estimated $28,000 annual cost savings. Savings could be increased to about $150,000 by incorporating waste greases from the University Health System cafeterias and area restaurants.

Make Your Own BioDiesel

Retail pump at BP station located at Will Carlton exit of I-275, just West of Flat Rock
Click here to learn how wasted vegetable oil can be transformed into a clean, renewable fuel to be used in any diesel engine.  All modern diesels can used biodiesel directly with no modifications and similar operation & performance to dinosaur diesel.  In the US, soy-based biodiesel is gaining prominence as a 20% blend (B20) to add lubricity back into diesel fuel as sulfur is phased out.  Sulfur was reduced from 5000ppm to 500ppm, and is scheduled to be scaled back to 5ppm in 2006.

BioDiesel, VW, and Diesel Forums
Where to Buy BioDiesel in SE Michigan ?
  • BP station, Walz, MI on Will Carlton 200 yds east of I-275  B?
  • Wacker Oil, Manchester   B100 & blends
  • Karbowski Oil, Bay City    B100 & blends
  • Meijer Gas Stations: Ann Arbor, and now Auburn Hills (by M59 & Adams Rd)


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