The Biofuel Project

In this activity students make biodiesel from waste vegetable oil and develop a presentation based on their lab experience. Parts of the activity include creation of bio-diesel from clean vegetable oil, creation of bio-diesel from waste vegetable oil, chemical analysis of biodiesel, purification of biodiesel, and creation of soap from glycerin.

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Matthew A. Brown and Raymond I. Quintana
ACTS, US Department Of Energy, Energy Education and Workforce Development
Activity takes time allotment of two weeks, which includes extended time in a chemistry lab.

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Requires a fume hood for in-class preparation.

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