Biodiesel Power: The Passion, the People, And the Politics of the Next Renewable Fuel (Anglais) Broché – 1 octobre 2005
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Chapter titles like "Stinky Kitchen", "Birth of a Coop", "The lure of the Producer", "The policy layer", and "The road ahead" bring my own memories to mind. I think of it as more of a philosophical journey than anything else. It's also fun, because I can remember running into the same problems, and coming up with similar solutions, using the same thought processes. That might be where the story will lose a more general audience though - will someone unfamiliar with biodiesel feel any sympathy when reading about making 40 gallons of soap? To most people that probably doesn't sound like anything bad, but to a homebrewer it's a nightmare needing no further explanation.
There have only been a few books in my life that I've read in a single day, and this was one. I picked it up from the post office about 3:30pm, read a couple pages in the car, then could hardly wait to finish my chores to read what happened next. I finished it about 2am, 5 hours after my normal bedtime.
Lyle's done a good thing, writing this book. I'm ordering more copies to give away as gifts.
Biodiesel Power is a book about the progression of one small scale producer from back yard tinkerer up to large scale commercial producer. Lyle Estill, of Piedmont Biofuels Co-op in Pittsboro, NC, writes of his adventures and misadventures in pursuit of a renewable, clean burning fuel.
Together with cohorts Rachel, Leif, Oneas, and many others, Lyle started Piedmont Biofuels co-op a few years ago to produce fuel, advocate for small scale production across the state, and teach the techniques of sustainable fuelmaking to the eager North Carolina public. They have grown as many homebrewers aspire to from blender batch, to larger and more efficient reactors, up to their eventual goal of a small refinery. They are also buying commercial biodiesel to resell to members of the Co-op.
Reading this book was extremely entertaining for me as an amatuer small scale producer of biodiesel/ educator/ advocate. Much of the time I was either shaking my head in recognition of the funny mishaps in Lyle's accounts, or else glued to the page to learn some new bit of pertinent information. Lyle and Piedmont Biofuels have done a great deal to advance the cause of the small producer in North Carolina, and many of us may hope to follow in their footsteps. This book, referring in a personal way to many of the pioneers in the small-scale biodiesel movement, left me feeling like a part of the B100 family, both heartened and newly inspired to keep plugging away.
This book is well written and an easy read (with nice big print, but sorry no pictures). Here is a brief exerpt from the last chapter, entitled "The Road Ahead": "Biodiesel is great fun. It's empowering. Nothing feels better than tooling down the highway with the knowledge that you are free. Free of Chevron. Free of Mobil. Free of George Bush. Free of the Saudis. Free of the whole sorry lot. I realize full well that hydrogen is the place to be, but I'm stuck on vegetable oil. It's here now. It works. It's renewable. It's sustainable. It smells good. It creates jobs in the United States. And there is no war required to get it."
Well, after typing all of that let me say that Lyle does write in long sentences and does convey plenty of info that you may not already know. This was kind of a summary paragraph in a summary chapter, for effect.
If you make biodiesel, want to make biodiesel, or are interested in advocating for biodiesel, check out this book. (If you have a spouse who gets frustrated with your biodiesel project this will be particularly humorous for you as well). It's affordable and the proceeds support Piedmont Biofuels coop, check it out!
Note: This book is not a How-to manual on biodiesel production. For that information I suggest The Biodiesel Homebrew Guide by Girl Mark, available at [...] (Girl Mark and the homebrew guide are mentioned favorably in Biodiesel Power as well. Another option is to visit the biodiesel discussion board at [...] where you will find plenty of information on the subject.
Biodiesel Power, Copyright 2005 by Lyle Estill, printed on recycled paper by New Society Publishers
Of course Lyle is my brother so I may be biased.
Diane C. Donovan
Overall this book was very disapointing.