Energy Production and Utilization - on-farm fuel production for diesel engines



Energy constitutes a significant cost foreveryoperation, such as crop production and livestock cultivation. This cost can be highly variable due to fluctuating market forces. There are energy production opportunities for many agricultural operations that can stabilize and reduce energy costs and are renewable. This presentation focuses on three agricultural energy production approaches that are currently being investigated at the Colorado State University Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory. Theyincludeon-farm fuel production for diesel engines, electricity generation from digester gas on dairy farms, and electricity generation from biomass gasification.


ReporterDaniel B. Olsen

Dr. Olsen currently is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Colorado State University (CSU). His research at the CSU Engines & Energy Conversion Laboratory (EECL) includes evaluation of engine exhaust aftertreatment technologies, development of high energy ignition systems, and characterization of alternative fuels. Prof. Olsen joined the faculty in 2006 after working for six years as a Research Scientist at the CSU EECL carrying out research and development primarily on large bore natural gas engines used for natural gas compression. Prof. Olsen worked in Wärtsilä Automation North America, Inc.Los Alamos National LabsAdvanced Engine Technologies CorporationDavis, Graham, & Stubbs LLP and Cryenco, Inc. as a consultant since 1999.