U of I Celebrates Biodiesel Awareness Week April 16-20
April 13, 2018
As part of Innovation Month, the University of Idaho is celebrating the importance of renewable energies and spreading awareness about biodiesel April 16-20 during its first Idaho Biodiesel Awareness Week.
U of I is a leader in biodiesel research and development, and the university incorporates biodiesel fuels into its sustainable goals.
“Our applied biodiesel research provides an excellent example of the University of Idaho’s innovative spirit. For over 30 years U of I scientists and engineers have worked to utilize Idaho’s abundant natural resources and create sustainable fuel solutions to benefit us all,” said Chuck Staben, U of I president.
Biodiesel is made at U of I from used oil gathered from the Vandals Dining kitchens. That fuel then runs several vehicles on campus, including the BioBug, a 2000 model Volkswagen Beetle, and heavy equipment used at the U of I Steam Plant.
“Most people have heard of biodiesel but few know it is an important international industry or that it is developed right here at the university,” said Chad Dunkel, U of I biodiesel laboratory manager in the Department of Biological Engineering in the College of Engineering
Biodiesel is a renewable fuel made from vegetable oils or animal fats that can run diesel engines. Biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions nearly 80 percent over petroleum diesel and is cleaner for diesel engines as well as safer than petroleum diesel if released into the environment because it is less combustible.
Biodiesel Awareness Week activities are being sponsored by U of I’s Clean Energy Club. The club will display the BioBug throughout the week. Club members will also offer a tour of the biodiesel lab, located in the James Martin Laboratory, Bay 72, from 2:30-3 p.m. Friday, April 20.
Biological Engineering, Communications Coordinator
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