100% Biodiesel Vector Technology and Fuel Dispensing Solution — A CTECH live lab pilot project for the implementation and evaluation of the 100% biodiesel technology on identified equipment within Cornell’s fleet operations

“Cornell is a global leader in sustainability and climate change research, teaching and engagement. [Cornell’s] campuses are living laboratories for developing, testing and implementing solutions that address these most challenging issues.” The Center for Transportation, Environment, and Community Health (CTECH) pursues research and innovation to support sustainable mobility of people and goods while preserving the environment and improving community health. CTECH has partnered with a student project team to create a project that will provide hands-on experience to student engineers in sustainable transportation. Optimus, Inc., CTECH, and the biofuels group from Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) have met with Cornell Farm Services to identify three potential pieces of equipment within Cornell’s fleet operations which are ideal candidates for the implementation and evaluation of the 100% biodiesel technology, one of which will serve as the pilot vehicle. Project Goals: (1) Validate the Optimus biodiesel fuel system technology and the use of 100% biodiesel within Cornell’s operations assisting the University in achieving its “plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2035 through innovation, leadership, and campus excellence.” (2) Quantify the reduction in fleet greenhouse gas emissions for project vehicles (75%+ reduction projected) and perform an analysis of overall applicability of the technology to various other use cases on campus. (3) Facilitate reduced fleet fuel costs through utilization of domestically produced, renewable, low-carbon biodiesel. (4) Provide the students with direct engagement and real-world experience by participating as project engineers on the biodiesel fuel system technology project development and deployment.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $24000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:


    Washington DC,   United States 
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Center for Transportation, Environment, and Community Health

    Cornell University
    Ithaca, NY  United States  14853
  • Principal Investigators:

    Gao, H

  • Start Date: 20170901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210331
  • Actual Completion Date: 20210331
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01714350
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Transportation, Environment, and Community Health
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747119
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 20 2019 11:15AM