The Biofuels and Environmental Design: Bioenergy Implementation sub-team is looking to build off of the Biodiesel Engine Project from previous semesters by creating a Continuous Biodiesel Process capable of producing enough biodiesel to power a campus tractor for a full summer. In fall 2022, they developed and proposed the Batch Beaker Process to facilitate the transesterification with the goal of determining the best conditions for the biofuel product. Going forward, BioImp hopes to secure lab space to experiment with the Batch Beaker Process and eventually switch from pure vegetable oil to campus waste oil as the source for the biodiesel. The team also hopes to design a continuous reaction that will yield larger amounts of biodiesel, as well as perform an economic analysis to determine the long-term economic feasibility of the project’s end goal.
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