Fueling up that big-ass diesel truck and heating your shop aren’t getting any cheaper. And while making your own lower-cost fuel from waste vegetable oil is an option, it can be a laborious undertaking involving a lot of time and the skills of a organic chemist. Or, you can give the BioPro 190 from AGR Energy a try. It makes fifty gallons of high grade diesel fuel every two days for less than a dollar a gallon — with minimal effort.
The advantage of the BioPro 190 over do-it-yourself biofuel systems is its compact size and relative ease of use. It requires only six square feet of floor space and a common 15A 110V circuit. Best of all, your total time commitment per batch is thirty minutes or less.
Still, making biodiesel still isn’t for the feint of heart: even with the BioPro you’ll have to work with supplies methanol, caustic lye, and sulfuric acid — which you can source locally or buy in packs from online retailers. And its price of $7,500 isn’t a small initial investment, either. But once you factor in tax deductions and fuel savings, the BioPro 190 can pay for itself in just a couple of years of operation.
If nothing else, the BioPro goes a long way towards making carbon-neutral DIY fuel for the everyday Joe a reality.