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Biodiesel Basics 6: Biodiesel Can Be Made From a Variety of Feedstocks

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Biodiesel, a renewable fuel made right here in Wisconsin, can be made from a wide range of available feedstocks. Here are some facts:

· Biodiesel can be made from soybean, rapeseed, or other vegetable oils, animal fats, and waste cooking oil. [Source: U.S. Department of Energy, “ABC’s of BIofuels,” http://www1.eere.energy.gov/biomass/abcs_biofuels.html#biodfeed]

· Wisconsin largest biodiesel facility, operated by Sanimax in De Forest, can use a number of feedstocks, including recycled grease products, vegetable oils, and tallow.

· Research is also being done across the country to produce biodiesel from other sources, including algae and stinkweed. [Sources: CNET News, “Solazyme targets algae fuel in three years,” http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-10021122-54.html; Biodiesel Magazine, “Innovation Fuels tests pennycress as a feedstock, http://www.biodieselmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=2700]

“Biodiesel Basics” is a series of weekly facts from the Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance highlighting the positive benefits of biodiesel production and use in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance is a diverse group of businesses, environmental groups, and statewide and local organizations that have come together to build both public and legislative awareness of the Bio Industry in Wisconsin.

For more information about the Alliance, or to find out how to join, please visit our website: www.wisconsinbioindustry.com .

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