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ERIC Number: EJ836064
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
The State High Biodiesel Project
Heasley, Paul L.; Van Der Sluys, William G.
Science Teacher, v76 n4 p26-31 Apr 2009
Through a collaborative project in Pennsylvania, high school students developed a method for converting batches of their cafeteria's waste fryer oil into biodiesel using a 190 L (50 gal) reactor. While the biodiesel is used to supplement the school district's heating and transportation energy needs, the byproduct--glycerol--is used to make hand soap to sell in the school store. Proceeds from both of these products are used to support the continuation of the project, in which students learn the science behind biodiesel and its relation to our environment. This article provides an overview of the State High Biodiesel Project with the hope of inspiring other school districts to develop their own programs. (Contains 7 figures and 3 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania