Biodiesel from waste vegetable oil or straight waste vegetable oil represents a limited opportunity in Alaska.
Only the largest communities, Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau, have large enough quantities of waste vegetable oil to commercially utilize the resource. All of these communities have groups working toward developing this resource for biodiesel production; however, the volumes will always be small when considered from a statewide perspective.
In areas where even smaller quantities of waste vegetable oil are available, heating applications to be best. There are commercially available waste oil burners that can burn waste vegetable oil and/or used motor oil; the smallest units available are rated around 100,000 Btu/hr and cost around $5,000.
Waste vegetable oil products are a great source of energy for cars and trucks fitted with the conversion system.