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Camelina field trials, biodiesel evaluation continue in Fla.

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"Dr. Ann C. Wilkie" <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 10 Nov 2011 08:51:14 -0500

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Camelina field trials, biodiesel evaluation continue in Fla.
Biodiesel Magazine, November 8, 2011.
http://www.biodieselmagazine.com/articles/8158/camelina-field-trials-biodiesel-evaluation-continue-in-fla

"Florida-based Green Oil Solutions Inc. has announced the successful production
of camelina biodiesel, from field trials to harvesting, pressing and processing.
According to Steve Edmonds, the company’s director of industry and development,
the fuel was produced at lab-scale and met the ASTM D6751 quality specifications
using the process employed by Green Oil Solutions’ sister company Smart Fuels
Florida LLC.

The goal of Green Oil Solutions, said Edmonds, is to develop alternative
feedstock options for biodiesel production. The company focuses on two types of
feedstock, recycled vegetable oils and nonfood energy crops. Camelina is the
first crop that Green Oil Solutions has gathered abundant data on. Edmonds was
unable to disclose other oilseed feedstocks his company is investigating.

To complete the camelina evaluation, Green Oil Solutions collected data on
approximately 2,500 acres of camelina planted by central Florida farmers under a
variety of climatic, geographic and seeding conditions. The camelina seeds were
harvested via a mechanized harvester by Wise Seed Co. and Jack Melton Family
Inc. The seeds were then cleaned, sorted and dried before the oil was extracted
using a high-efficiency screw-press extruder. Biodiesel was processed using the
camelina oil by Reiter Scientific LLC and the quality verified by Midwest
Laboratories.

According to Green Oil Solutions, result of the testing showed that the camelina
biodiesel had similar physical characteristics to fuel produced using soybean or
sunflower feedstock. In addition, the camelina press cake was shown to possess
large concentrations of omega-3 oils, implying that the feedstock byproducts
could enjoy strong demand from the feed industry.

Edmonds notes his company aims to encourage farmers to grow alternative biofuel
feedstocks such as camelina. “Our goal as a company is not only to identify and
establish crops like camelina,” said Edmonds, but also to help farmers figure
out how to make a profit growing them, and assist feedstock companies to procure
the crops and press them into oil. “We are creating a whole heck of a lot of
economy and a whole heck of a lot of opportunity for domestic industry,” he said.

Green Oil Solutions work with camelina is ongoing. According to Edmonds, his
company already has commitments from several farmers to plant approximately
6,000 total acres of the crop this year. We are trying to get those crops in the
ground by the end of November, Edmonds said. Next year, the company hopes to
increase planted acreage within Florida to 10,000, and double each year after.
“We hope to help everyone realize the opportunity of integrating energy crops
into the whole idea of alternative fuels, and how positive it is all the way
around,” Edmonds said."

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Soil and Water Science Department          Fax: (352)392-7008
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Gainesville, FL 32611-0960
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