Creating Biofuel and Mitigating Waste

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

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Extensions could be done on this by altering ingredients for fuel generation.

Good analysis component for linking lab to current real world industrial processes associated with the creation of bio-fuels.