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Southeastern's Biofuels Program

Biofuels have become significant sources for transportation fuel in the United States. By using ethanol and biodiesel we can reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and significantly reduce pollution.

The growing need for a well-trained biofuels workforce is why Southeastern Illinois College has committed to providing high-quality and convenient training to support both the ethanol and biodiesel industries.

Our program prepares students to find a position in the biofuel industry, transfer to a senior institution for advanced training, or participate in an entrepreneurial role in this field.

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Facts about ethanol and biodiesel transportation fuels
  • In 2012, 13.3 billion gallons of ethanol was produced by 211 plants.
  • Ethanol makes up 10% of the U.S. supply of gasoline
  • OPEC oil imports are down 22% since the Renewable Fuel Standard was expanded in 2001
  • Sustainability–Ethanol yields more fuel than it takes to produce it
  • $43.4 billion in Gross Domestic product was generated by the ethanol industry in 2012
  • For every bushel of corn processed into ethanol: 1/3 goes to animal feed; 1/3 to CO2; and 1/3 to ethanol
  • 1 bushel of corn generates 2.8 gallons of ethanol and 17-18 pounds of animal feed
  • The octane rating for ethanol is 113
  • Biodiesel reduces the carbon dioxide burden of transportation fuels
  • Biodiesel is non-toxic, biodegradable, and has less exhaust emissions than traditional diesel
  • Biodiesel has higher lubricity than traditional diesel and can extend the life of an engine
  • Biodiesel burns more efficiently than traditional diesel
  • Biodiesel has a higher flash-point making it easier to transport and store
  • All major automaker and engine manufacturers accept the use of up to at least B5.

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Interested students should contact Renee Loesche or Dr. Dana Keating.

Renee Loesche
Biofuels Instructor / IGEN Biofuels Curriculum Coordinator

Dr. Dana Keating
Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
618-252-5400, Ext. 2200