Biodiesel Project

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Bio-Fuels is a diesel fuel alternative created from a feedstock (often a waste vegetable oil) which undergoes a transesterification process. Click here for more details on what biodiesel is and how it's made.

Summary

The Bio-Fuels Project exists to provide a more environmentally sustainable fuel option to the world and in doing so proclaim the biblical Truth that we all are stewards of the entire Earth. Click here to read more about how what we do helps the earth.

Purpose statement

National

We seek to produce biodiesel at home and abroad, in conjunction with our local community and partners around the world, so that we may educate and promote environmental and economic sustainability. Click here to learn more about how what we do helps the economy.

Local

We seek to produce biodiesel at home and abroad, in conjunction with our local community and partners around the world, so that we may educate and promote environmental and economic sustainability. Click here to learn more about what biodiesel means for you.

Goals

  1. Develop a process that converts any location-appropriate feedstock to ASTM-standardized biodiesel fuel in appropriate quantities.
  2. Consistently produce ASTM-quality biodiesel fuel on Messiah College campus for local consumption.
  3. Create and maintain a manual that addresses all safety and maintenance concerns, clearly describes systematic procedures, and provides a user-friendly list of input variables with instructions for dealing with them.
  4. Create a business plan for implementation of community biodiesel reaction facilities.
  5. Minimize waste by managing Glycerin and other biodiesel side streams.

History

The Biodiesel Project exists to meet needs at Messiah and our local community.

  • At Messiah the project provides a great platform for the development of the biodiesel manufacturing process and a practical application of manufacturing processes, industrial safety, and environmental and economic sustainability.
  • Currently the world is coming to grips with the development of two looming potential disasters in global warming and peak oil. It has become apparent to many that environmentally sustainable fuels, such as biodiesel, can alleviate these two problems due to biodiesels' reduced emissions and non-petroleum based nature. Despite all of its benefits biodiesel is not as widely used as possible so the need for education in our local community exists.


The Biodiesel Project started in the Spring of 2006 after several years of prior senior project work. For more information, see the Biodiesel Project Proposal.

Team

Members

Advisor and Principle Investigator

Site Teams

Resources

EN:Biodiesel Project Internal Pages

Documentation

  1. Biodiesel Project Proposal
  2. 11-12 Project Planning Article
  3. 10-11 Project Planning Article
  4. 09-10 Project Planning Article
  5. 08-09 Project Planning Article
  6. 07-08 Project Planning Article
  7. 06-07 Project Planning Article

Contact Information

For more information about this project, please contact:

Andrew Gates

For more information about this template, please read Help:Project article and Help:Template.

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