Biodiesel Workshop

Brew your own energy

13 Dec 2012

Learn the ins and outs of making your own biodiesel during this hands-on workshop. Performance artist and diesel-know-it-all João Negro will teach you the how and why of turning waste into energy. At the end of the evening you will return home with a jar of your very own biodiesel. Buy your ticket(s) online: you can pay with cash or exchange the workshop for a few hours of your time.


Adding ethanol - Barbara Mair


Making bio-diesel is really easy. The process, called transesterification, involves replacing an ester connection with an alcohol one, replacing glycerine with methanol. Farmers, survivalists, and off-the-grid counter-citizens have been brewing their own diesel since forever. Whereas in the 90s it lead to bad practices such as mono-cropping, these days it is seen as a good way to recycle waste, sometimes even leading processing companies to compete over waste oil.

We start the workshop with an introduction into the history, usage and alchemy of bio-diesel. After a demonstration by the trainer, you will have a go at the process yourself. After just a few hours you will have made your own bottle of bio-diesel, ready to take home and use. Find out more about the process on João's profile page.


Mixing ingredients with mask for protection against fumes - Barbara Mair

Mediamatic and alternative production

At Mediamatic we are researching and experimenting with sustainable technologies and products. We are growing our own fish and vegetables in a vertical aquaponics farm - and teaching others to do so, too -, and preparing it in the Diesel Kantine, which we developed in collaboration with João. The Diesel Kantine runs on local energy, and provides food for the local community. A small-scale, sustainable cycle.

More information

The workshop takes place on Thursday December 13 from 19.00 to 22.00 at Mediamatic Fabriek, Oostenburgereiland Amsterdam. You can either pay with money (€ 45,-) or exchange the workshop for volunteer work at our exhibition space. In either case, click the 'buy' a ticket button at the top of the page. If you want to do the volunteer work you can fill in the discount code 'ruilen' in the discount code field that will be visible after filling in your details. Please e-mail Deborah Meibergen if you have any questions. The instruction language is English. Directions on how to get to Mediamatic Fabriek can be found here.