Fill ’er Up, with Fuel Made in Oregon
by Merry MacKinnon (Pamplin Media Group) …Jana Gastellum, global warming program director for the Oregon Environmental Council, says the sustainable approach to making biodiesel for heavier vehicles and ethanol for passenger cars is to concentrate on “cellulosic biomass” found in local waste streams. That includes inedible post-harvest leftovers, like corncobs and wheat stalks; forestry residue; and vineyard and orchard prunings that can be broken down and converted into biofuel.
“The world is running out of oil and people are looking for replacements,” Gastellum says. “There’s a role that biofuels can play, and they can be regionally tailored.”
Energy from potato chip oil Ian Hill, CEO and cofounder of Oregon-based SeQuential Biofuels, agrees the sustainable way to produce biofuel is to use existing waste streams in the community, whether rural or urban. “We’re ideologically committed to a waste-based course,” Hill says.
In Salem, his company runs a joint venture with Hawaii-based Pacific Biodiesel that makes energy from used cooking oil, including leftovers from a potato-chip plant. READ MORE