Assessment & Development of Biodiesel instructional Techniques

Biodiesel is an emerging renewable fuel whose potential is not well known or understood by the general public. Little prior work has been done to evaluate the effectiveness of biodiesel instructional demonstrations using different feedstock oils and at various scales. Similarly, there is little hands-on biodiesel educational opportunity in the Inland Empire. In this study, it is proposed to: 1) quantify the clarity and color contrast of biodiesel and glycerin products of the biodiesel chemical reaction using different types of vegetable oil, and 2) take video and photographs of small-batch biodiesel production steps, and industrial-scale biodiesel operations in order to produce new and original PowerPoint presentations and lectures for both student courses and general public education. Results will be used in the course NSCI 320 - Energy, in preparing fee workshops offered jointly through the College of Extended Education and the Transportation Center, and all video will be archived with the Transportation Center.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $5000.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      California Department of Transportation

      1227 O Street
      Sacramento, CA  United States  95843

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Thornton, Rusty

    • Performing Organizations:

      California State University, San Bernardino

      5500 University Parkway
      San Bernardino, CA  United States  92407-2397
    • Principal Investigators:

      Melchiorre, Erik

    • Start Date: 20070601
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20080531
    • Source Data: RiP Project 15053

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01460156
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Leonard Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: 2007-SGP-1002, GT-70761
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:19PM