284083 Development of Biodiesel Production Facility for Utilizing Waste Cooking Oil
Development of Biodiesel Production Facility for Utilizing Waste Cooking Oil
Brian Delancy, Brook Hopkins and Justinus Satrio
Villanova University, Villanova, PA 19085
Three years ago, a team of chemical engineering students at Villanova University developed, constructed, and began operating a biodiesel production facility that reuses the waste cooking oil produced from Villanova University dining centers. The production facility is designed to process an annual maximum of 3500 gallons of waste cooking oil. Over the past two years, additional process systems, including a methanol recovery system and soap-production process have been developed as a way to utilize the reaction's glycerol by-product. The focus of our current research is multifaceted, but focuses primarily on the production optimization and output maximization of Villanova's Biodiesel Production Facility. Several quantitative analysis techniques, including Calorimetry and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy were introduced to measure and maintain quality control of the biodiesel product. Improved methanol recycling techniques and natural soap production minimize any waste, thus making the process more economically efficient and environmentally friendly. Finally, the project increased its relations with Villanova Grounds and Maintenance Department, providing the University with a biodiesel power option in accordance with the University's “Green Energy” initiative. The Villanova Biodiesel Team also worked to expand the program into the local community through a marketing plan, in partnership with the Engineering Advisory Board.
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