April 12, 2012 – Engineering students at NC State University are taking fryer oil from Clark dining hall and the Innovation Café, and converting it to biodiesel fuel to be used in machines here on campus. NC State’s Biodiesel Fuel Club has partnered with the Solar Center and taken initiative to go green on campus.
“Our goal is to use the oil instead of paying to eliminate the ‘waste product,’ and to fuel NC State’s vehicles,” says Ben Gillespie, senior in textile engineering. “We’re starting to look at using solar heat instead of electricity, and maybe a waste oil burner. We want to be as energy efficient and renewable as possible.”
According to Scott Curtner, University Dining produces almost 1000 gallons of fryer oil a month. The club is able to convert about 200 gallons of that into 100% biodiesel fuel every month in about 60-gallon batches. The rest of the oil waste goes to Piedmont Biofuels. With funding from the university, they hope to ultimately be able to eliminate the oil waste on campus by turning it into usable fuel for tractors and other machines.
The NC State Biodiesel Fuel Club will have a table located in the Brickyard in front of DH Hill Library at NC State University’s Earth Day, April 20, 2012.The Office of Sustainability at NC State University partners with University Dining in initiatives in the dining halls, and around campus to “go green” and be sustainable on campus.
University Dining www.ncsu.edu/dining
Waste Reduction and Recycling www.ncsu.edu/recycling
University Sustainability Office www.ncsu.edu/sustainability