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Clean, Renewable Cow Power

What’s better than a cow that supplies fresh, wholesome milk? Well, how about one that also provides a clean and renewable source of energy? As owners of the Vermont-based Pleasant Valley Farm, Mark and Amanda St. Pierre are supplying one of the oldest sources of energy ever used by humans – sludge. As their family-run farm produces more than 40 million pounds of milk annually, it is also producing enough sludge to generate approximately 3.5 million KWH (kilowatt-hours) of clean, renewable electricity that they then send to Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS), the Vermont utility that set up this award-winning program to assist dairy farmers in turning manure into electricity. So community members can rest assured that their source of electricity is coming from a clean and renewable source. In fact in the United States, biomass energy (energy obtained from plants and animal matter) provides 15 times more energy than wind and solar combined. Now that’s better than any cup of milk…even chocolate milk!

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New Garden Poll

As part of our means of support, we design web based database applications for our clients (see for info). As a example, we whipped up this simple garden poll. Vote for your favorite garden veggie:


75 (soon to be 100?) MPG on Biodiesel, in a Roadster


From Kinetic’s web site:

This is MAX, which stands for Mother’s Automotive eXperiment. No, we’re not done with it. It needs a streamlined body, for one thing, since we’re shooting for 100 miles per gallon. The engine is a turbocharged 1100cc Kubota diesel, and and even sans streamlining MAX is surprisingly peppy. Peppy enough to win the inaugural Escape from Berkeley race in October ’08 (Berkeley to Las Vegas without petroleum fuel) thanks to good performance, great mileage, and the ability to run on cooking oil straight out of the bottle. We intend to run the same team this year, when Escape from Berkeley takes us from Berkeley to Mexico; Yours Truly behind the wheel and Sharon Wescott behind the map…unless by some fluke we get a diesel motorcycle whipped together for Sharon, in which case we’ll be calling for volunteers in the right seat.

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More fuel is coming

Administration to release up to 2 million barrels daily
WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty-six countries in an international energy consortium will release more than 60 million barrels of crude oil and gasoline to relieve the energy crunch caused by Hurricane Katrina in the United States.

As part of that effort, the Bush administration will release 30 million barrels of crude oil from U.S. reserves.

In the mean time, interest in homegrown biofuels is at a new high. We have been getting many more inquiries on how to make biodiesel, requests for our biodiesel processor kits, veggie oil conversion kits, and our newly introduced ethanol conversion kits. ESSN magazine has new articles on making ethanol and biomethane. Drop us an email for more information.

Biodiesel advocates like Joshua Tickell and Girl Mark are helping with the relief efforts, as well as producers of kits and accessories.

Joshua says:

I am working with biodiesel suppliers in the Mid West as well as generator companies to bring a convoy of biodiesel-powered electricity generators and extra biodiesel fuel to hospitals and relief centers in Louisiana. While much of the fuel and services are being donated, the many relief centers can use as much as we can provide. For this reason, we have re-activated the Veggie Van Organization web site and its donation form. If you are compelled to help us in this effort, please donate through the web site. Donations will go toward the purchase of fuel, fuel transfer equipment, generator rentals and travel expenses. We will keep this web site up to date on our progress. We estimate the first biodiesel fuel will be hitting Louisiana within the next week.

Rick Boggan says:

OK Folks, I’m putting my money where my mouth is. I’m donating a
portion of this months revenue to the Red Cross relief effort. I
challenge you to do the same. Katrina will be a boon to biodiesel,
please help those that were devistated by the disaster.

I challenge all of the biofuel businesses here that have benefited
from high fuel prices to donate a portion of your revenue to your
favorite relief charity and to encourage your customers to do the same!

For those that have already taken such action I applaud you!

Girl Mark says:

Hi Steve,
good blog , thank you.
there’s an effort to bring some 2500 pounds of clothing from the Northwest to Houston for refugees that’s being coordinated by Chris Goodwin of Frybrid Conversions– and we’re having trouble finding affordable shipping for it- none of the shipping companies or charities can help. I’ve offered to drive it from California if it can be driven down here from Seattle. Also, there are a lot of housing offers for refugees here on the West Coast and I think an effort to drive clothing to Houston could take back refugees on the trip back (surely some of them have family here in California).

Could you add a link to this page to the blog entry you just wrote?:

Green Trust is donating 10% of our PV, WVO, and Biodiesel kit sales to Katrina Relief Efforts.

Real news from inside New Orleans, the real scoop as seen from an insider. Do not pass this link by, it’s a day-by-day blog from ground zero.

The city of New Orleans has been blasted by Hurricane Katrina, but the Times-Picayune has still continued to publish electronically…


Continued Hacking, plus VeggieGen upgrades

It’s been a rough week. The hacking that started Sunday has continued all week, two or three times a day. We found a file called test.php left on our site that was a very nifty web based file manager, with the date code touched to an old date, so it wouldn’t stand out. I don’t know why we were targeted, but it’s really annoying. I don’t know if we finally cleaned him out, or what.

On a lighter note, the new muffler and battery charger was installed on the VeggieGen this week. A little quieter, and no more dead battery / jump starting ….

Thanks for hanging in there. We will keep republishing as the site gets taken down. I hope we get to the bottom of it soon.


Glitch in the discussion forums fixed

Lots of stuff going on at Green Trust. We had a glitch in our discussion forums that prevented new users from subscribing. That has been fixed. A email interface for the web board is coming shortly. The Geodesic Quonset is just about finished, and another Mercedes 300TD is coming for a veggie oil conversion on the 20th. We will be giving a biodiesel workshop in Falls Village, CT. at the end of the month. Stay tuned.