Distributed Biodiesel Production in NW ND
I am leading a community based distributed production project in Northwest North Dakota, and we are working with Imerjent Biodiesel Systems to develop a dynamic system model of the venture, and employ their containerized processing units to produce and blend the product for local use.
We feel the concept has potential, given the inconsistent / inconvenient supply of biodiesel to the area & diminished feasibility for establishing large plants.
Has anyone done any work on the possible local economic impact of distributed bio-fuels production? It would be interesting to study the possible effects on supply, competition with traditional fuel suppliers, bio-fuel price volatility, rate/levels of adoption, etc.
Though our project is more medium scale (1/2 MGY) than your on-farm small scale production, we also see the merit of distributed model...now we just have to prove it.