Biodiesel conference for college students, faculty

By Ryan C. Christiansen | March 09, 2009
Web exclusive posted March 24, 2009, at 5:09 p.m. CST

The Biodiesel Project at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., will be hosting an intercollegiate biodiesel conference dubbed "Fueling the School" April 3-4 for students, faculty, and staff from academic institutions to learn about biodiesel production and research.

The conference will include hands-on biodiesel chemistry workshops as well as advanced production topics, including demonstrations on methanol recovery, glycerin soap production, and glycerin composting research. The keynote speaker at the conference will be Lyle Estill, cofounder of Piedmont Biofuels in Pittsboro, N.C. The conference will include a tour of Keystone Biofuels, a 20 MMgy biodiesel plant in Shiremanstown, Pa.

Students and staff at Dickinson College have been producing biodiesel from used cooking oil collected from the surrounding community since 2006. The college has a pilot-scale plant that processes about 2,000 gallons of biodiesel per year. The biodiesel is used to power campus equipment and vehicles.
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