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Titration Station!

April 20, 2015

Whenever Biodiesel is made the amount of Free Fatty Acids (FFA) in the oil sample must first be determined so that the correct amount of catalyst is used in the reaction. Although this may sound complicated it is a relatively simple process! The method that we use is very accurate and can be done in […]

Sunflower Harvest

August 20, 2012

The Clemson Biosystems Engineering program just pulled off a harvest from our organic sunflower energy crop. These flowers were produced sustainably without the use of pesticide or herbicide. Nutrients for this plot were supplied from the cover crop of nitrogen fixating field peas which supplied about 70 units of nitrogen per acre. Additional nutrient came […]

Yeast Update

August 4, 2012

I’m excited to display some of the first photos of our yeast as we continue the purification process using differential media. Our cleanest samples are coming from the untreated apricots we mashed and fermented. Keeping the alcohol content high has helped us to eliminate some bacteria by lowering the ph and increasing the alcohol content. […]

Wild Summers – Zymology in the Clemson Musser Fruit Farm

July 12, 2012

Thanks to some summer funding from the Clemson Creative Inquiries Program, recent Biosystems Engineering Graduate Jared McKnight and myself spent the early part of our summer winding through the endless rows of peach, nectarine, apricot, and blueberry trees at Musser Fruit Farm. What were we doing there? Other than gorging ourselves on the freshest ripest […]

Black Soldier Fly Digesters – Converting food wastes into feed, fuel and fertilizer

May 3, 2012

Scalable Biosystems for Sustainable Energy Production Introduction: Concerns over rising energy demands and dependence on fossil fuels have led to a great deal of research into renewable energy.  While sources like wind and solar show great potential for electricity generation, there will also be a need for renewable sources of liquid and solid fuels for […]

Integrated BioRefining – Student Spotlight

April 26, 2012

This semester, through the creative inquiry program at Clemson University, we’ve focused on the use of waste streams as feedstock for production of energy, energy crops, and value added co-products.  Dr. Terry Walker and myself have mentored more than 30 students this semester with hands on applications of key biosystems engineering principles. As we continue research […]

Snow Creek Farms Canola

March 29, 2012

Snow Creek Farms Canola

Canola as far as the eye can see in Statesville, NC

Thanks Brioso

November 9, 2011

Just wanted to say a quick thank you to managers Christie and Tyler from Brioso. We had about 40 faculty, staff and students come out over the course of the night to dine at Brioso. We loved the food, and we love that you folks have partnered with us. As our program continues to grow, […]

Grease Appreciation Night is Wednesday, Nov. 2nd!

November 2, 2011

Hello supporters of Clemson Sustainable Biofuels!   If you live in the Clemson area, we will be having our Grease Appreciation night at Brioso tomorrow night (Wednesday, Nov. 2nd) from 5-8pm.  Please come out and support Brioso who supports Clemson Sustainable Biofuels, by donating their used oils to us.  Each gallon of oil that is recycled […]

Soap Batch #1 = Success!

October 31, 2011

Dex and I made a batch of soap about a month back and it has been curing all this time.  I finally pulled it out this morning, took it to the sink, turned on the water and….voila!  Bubbles!  It lathered up really nicely and rinsed (mostly) cleanly.  It took a bit more rinsing than soap […]