The Biodiesel Project (UC Berkeley)

Team Members: Apurva Pradhan, William Mavrode, Jingting Wu, Christiaan Khurana, Xingkai Li, Andrew Cho, Jay Yostanto

School: UC Berkeley

The goal of the Biodiesel Project is to provide UC Berkeley with a sustainable means of acquiring biodiesel as a cleaner, alternative energy source for use in campus vehicles and equipment. This self-sustaining initiative will provide a fulfilling hands-on experience for Berkeley engineers, educate Berkeley students about renewable energy resources, and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels. This will be accomplished through the recycling of waste cooking oil (WCO) from local campus dining facilities. The process involves filtering the recycled oil and producing biodiesel product through a chemical reaction. The biodiesel product will then be stored and made ready for campus distribution. Ultimately, the project will not only make UC Berkeley a more sustainable campus, but also will also educate and inspire the Berkeley community to turn towards green energy and sustainability.