Powering a sugarhouse with used vegetable oil

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2006: $8,917.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2007
Region: Northeast
State: Vermont
Project Leader:
Daniel Crocker
Sidelands Sugarbush


  • Miscellaneous: syrup


  • Crop Production: agroforestry, forestry
  • Education and Training: extension, farmer to farmer, mentoring, networking
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning, marketing management
  • Production Systems: agroecosystems
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Modern maple sugaring operations are energy intensive, requiring large amounts of electricity, fuel oil, or wood. This project will explore the feasibility of converting a maple sugaring operation to run on used vegetable oil (UVO). The project manager will look at converting his oil-powered maple syrup evaporator to one that runs on UVO, and will also investigate converting a diesel-powered generator to UVO to supply electricity. Outreach will be through presentations and articles.

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