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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 2014, 14.3 billion gallons of ethanol was produced by 213 plants.
  • Ethanol makes up 10% of the U.S. supply of gasoline
  • Petroleum (crude and products) import dependence peaked at 60% in 2005, but was just 28% in 2014.
  • Petroleum import dependence would have been 35% without 14.3 billion gallons of ethanol in 2014
  • Sustainability–Ethanol yields more fuel than it takes to produce it
  • $53 billion in Gross Domestic product was generated by the ethanol industry in 2014
  • 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, Ben Ross or Dr. Karen Weiss.

Renee Loesche
Biofuels Instructor / Biofuels Curriculum Coordinator

Benjamin Ross
Biofuels Program Coordinator
618-252-5400, Ext. 2248

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

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