Waste Vegetable Oil Production

See how one man has developed a recipe for his own vehicle. This is a very cool story of chemistry and fuel production coming together. At Midwest Laboratories, we analyze Waste Vegetable Oils from different production facilities across the United States. photo credit: Microcosm Publishing! via photopin cc

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Post Hurricane Sandy – Long Waits

I was listening to a New York Radio station this morning and its unbelievable to hear about the long lines for gas and transportation. A number of people are trying to keep their cars and generators going during this difficult time. Check out more in this story and keep these people in your prayers this

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Rush Samples

Around the holidays, clients consistently need rush analysis. Today, I received a call from a client who needs analysis records for an important business transaction tomorrow.  At Midwest Laboratories, these type of requests are pretty regular. It is for this reason that our company does not take an extended vacation time. Companies rely on the

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Ethanol Lab Managers

Welcome Ethanol Lab Managers to the 2011 Fuel Ethanol Laboratory Conference, sponsored by Midland Scientific. It is great to see lab managers from different Ethanol Producers come to Omaha to discuss ways to keep the quality of ethanol high and continue to market renewable fuels to a country in need of independence from oil.  The

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Some Answers to Treating Diesel Fuel

We receive a lot of questions regarding diesel fuel and bacteria and quality. Currently, for contamination, Midwest Laboratories offers a Fuel Fingerprint analysis, $90.00  which looks at 22 different diesel contaminants and compares the diesel sample to a matrix of different contaminants to look for the presence of these contaminants in the diesel sample. In

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Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles

CNG This type of vehicle is becoming very popular in the Omaha-metro area. Yesterday, I heard that a company was going to purchase three vehicles for local deliveries in the Omaha Area. The price of natural gas is a fraction of the cost of today’ petroleum costs. According to the Metropolitan Utilities District website livegreenthinkblue.com

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Food and Fuel Debate

Food and Fuel are final products in the Ethanol Process I think it’s always good to have some numbers to look at when looking at this debate. Check out the numbers that were highlighted in this video. One bushel of grain produces 2.8 gallons of ethanol – using starch and 18 pounds of  livestock feed

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Ethanol Lab Conference

Ethanol Conference This conference is going strong and really focuses attention on the laboratory testing  aspect of Ethanol Production.  It’s a great conference that has really grown in numbers over the last three years. Lots of new items to discuss. Recent discussion has occurred on the roll-out of E-15.   Lots of great speakers have been

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Nebraska Petroleum Marketers Association 2010 Expo

I am attending the Nebraska Petroleum Marketers Association Conference in La Vista, NE.  Today is the last day of the conference.  The conference appears to be growing again with excitement and this is evidenced by the larger number of vendors and attendees. Yesterday, the speakers ranged from Ndamukong Suh – talking about his football career

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