The LSU AgCenter will conduct a comprehensive workshop on how to make biodiesel from used vegetable oil on Oct. 30 at the W. A. Callegari Environmental Center in Baton Rouge.

“This is an advanced workshop and different from the workshops we offered in the summer of 2008,” said Bill Carney, LSU AgCenter environmental educator and director of the Callegari Center.

The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m., with a break for lunch.

“It will be very hands-on. We’ll actually make biodiesel during the workshop and demonstrate the three phases of the process – reaction, washing and drying,” Carney said. “The participants will be taught how to turn a waste product into quality biodiesel.”

In addition to learning the chemistry of making biodiesel, the class will see the different types of equipment required to make used vegetable oil into quality biodiesel. The equipment will be on display.

“People can make biodiesel in their backyards for as little as a $1,000 investment,” Carney said. “Or they can spend up to $10,000. The average is about $2,000 to $3,000. But they shouldn’t invest in any equipment if they don’t have a reliable source of used vegetable oil.”

Participants also will learn how to troubleshoot if they run into problems making their own biodiesel.

Cost for the workshop is $50, and participation is limited to 15 people. To register, call Sondra Rodriguez at (225) 578-6998.

More information about the workshop is online at www.lsuagcenter.com/callegari, including directions to the Callegari Center, which is off Nicholson Drive, south of the LSU campus.