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  • [ December 11, 2012 ]
  • Students see how ISU Dining can power CyRide

David Correll stands by a CyRide and is proud of ISU BioBus in producing biodiesel out of recycled waste vegetable oil from ISU Dining. Photo courtesy: Bob Elbert/ISU News Service

Iowa State is on the brink of another breakthrough. The university is well-known for its development of the world’s first computer, and now its students are are developing ways to reduce the carbon footprint, one glob of vegetable oil at a time.

ISU BioBus is a student organization working to recycle used vegetable oil from the campus cafeterias into biodiesel to CyRide busses. The group is currently working on a proces called transesterification, which permanently thins vegetable oil well enough to use as biofuel. The students are working with recycled vegetable oil from an Iowa State dining hall to use as a supplement of diesel fuel for the busses. ISU BioBus is in the process of implementing this science in more CyRides that run on biofuel.

One of the founders of ISU BioBus and Ph.D. candidate in the College of Business David Correll says the organization is engages students to reduce the carbon footprint of the community and is a perfect fit for students who are concerned with sustainable practices.

“We’re engaging students to reduce the carbon footprint of their own community,” Correll said.

The organization has about 100 students as members from all academic departments.

Source: Changing the future of fuel, Iowa State University

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