The Biofuels Entry Level Training Course is based on a model developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) which has been greatly enhanced and modernized by the Curriculum Division of Halsey Street Publishing. This curriculum was created with special contribution from Hawaii Community College, Graydon Blair of Utah Biodiesel Supplies and Anthony Rainier of Rainier Distillers.
The biofuels course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the production methods used to capture bio-based fuels. Emphasis will be placed on the basic chemistry of various forms of biofuel production, proper production and fuel quality testing methods, safe handling and use guidelines, and the social, environmental, and economic impacts of biofuels.
In addition, students will have opportunities to create income expense business reports based on developing a local waste vegetable oil conversion center and an E-85 ethanol energy cooperative. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to produce and test biodiesel and ethanol fuels that meet ASTM standards for commercial quality biofuel.
This course will provide students with a basic knowledge of the sources of renewable energy, green industry careers and the skills needed to prepare and position themselves to take advantage of the opportunities that are being made available in this fast moving, high growth arena. In addition, students will be introduced to the economic and legislative components of the business of the biofuel industry and examine the issue centered on sustainability in a 21st Century cap and trade economic model.