Friday, December 07, 2007


we had our 2nd annual biofuels conference last weekend. one of the guest speakers was Lyle Estill, who made a big impression last year, and didn't let us down a bit when he returned for an encore. here's his site.


Blogger lindsaylobe said...

Sounds as if it was a great conference, those involved are to be commended.
I visited your reference and commented on the last interesting posting.
Best wishes

9:18 PM  
Blogger grannyfiddler said...

thanks for the visit LL. the piedmont biofuels folks currently run their operation on waste fat from deep fryers and chicken processing plants... and serve close to 500 coop members with some biofuel left to sell. what's happening with biofuel out your way?

7:48 AM  
Blogger Zee said...

I don't wish to talk about conferences, but about violin students. I used to do the same!
How many of those aspiring musicians do you have?
Sorry to post this here, but since I do not see your e-mail anywhere - I did it anyway (smiles).

10:13 AM  
Blogger lindsaylobe said...

In Australia there is only about 5% of the 8,000 plus service stations selling ethanol or biodiesel blends, which are mainly independent small scale fuel providers - as the oil majors are progressing slowly. Consumer confidence is a barrier over concern for ethanol; an ill founded concern E10will damage modern day engines.

Strategies are being implemented to increase demand with more information dissemination; marketing, tax and excise incentives and simplification of list of vehicles able to run on theses fuels, together with options for encouraging future capital investment in alternatives.

Currently however Australia's policy differs to Europe and America and other nations who actively promote the production and use of biofuels. Australia remains concerned over the intended and unintended consequences of increases in the grain price, and the impacts for human and livestock food supplies if a significant shift were to occur in agriculture in the production of bio fuels as has happened recently in the USA with the soaring price of grain.

Best wishes

3:13 AM  
Blogger grannyfiddler said...

Zee- the numbers fluctuate constantly... i currently have about a dozen students of varying ages, dedication and promise. as it's a very small community in so very many ways, the really marvelous ones are hard to come by, but there are always a few bright sparks. this year's batch range in age from 7 to mid 40's. you used to teach violin?

there's no email, as i'm presently posting from the office... will update the site, info, etc soon.

3:48 PM  
Blogger grannyfiddler said...

Lindsay - we have no gov't programs worth mentioning in alberta to support ANY sort of alternative energy. this is PETROLEUM country, doncha know, boy? (sigh) the biofuel conferences are put on by the local agriculture extension fellow, and attended mostly by people looking for ways to minimize their dependence on oil companies. despite the fact that huge quantities of oil are produced here, it's all sent by pipeline across the continent both east and south, to be processed, so gas prices here are high. interestingly, northern Alberta has the higest per capita record for inventions, patents, etc. in the country. we're do-it-yourself-ers. there are vast quantities of canola grown here, and canola oil makes high grade biofuel. it's well understood here that biofuel can't completely replace current gas/diesel usage for all the reasons i'm sure you're aware of, but as a locally produced product, accessible to the small scale producer, it has great promise.

3:58 PM  

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