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 SRU to Host Biodiesel Revival Saturday to Explain Alternative Fuels 

 

SPOTLIGHT

11/8/2005

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

SRU TO HOST FIRST BIODIESEL REVIVAL SATURDAY TO EXPLAIN ALTERNATIVE FUELS

     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Expanded interest in Slippery Rock University’s first Biodiesel Revival, featuring Greg Boulos, co-founder of Steel City Biofuels, a company dedicated to promoting the use of locally manufactured fuels in the western Pennsylvania region, as speaker, has prompted plans for a second program.

     The first session, already at capacity, will be he at SRU’ Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research at 1 p.m. Saturday [Nov. 12]. The second will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 3. Reservations for the second workshop may be made by calling the center at 724-738-4050.

     Boulos, a May SRU graduate in the master’s of sustainable systems program, will demonstrate how to make diesel fuel from waste and virgin vegetable oils as well as answer questions about local production and on-farm feasibility. The presentation will expand on an informal biodiesel workshop presented at the center as part of last April's Earth Festival.

      The revivals, organized by Robert Burns, a master’s student in SRU’s MS3 program, is open to students and community members interested in learning more about all aspects of biodiesel fuels with the workshop offering both education and production components. He points out student and public response to the initial program forced organizers to add a second workshop. The program’s educational component will include background information about biodiesel, discussion of the uses and benefits of biodiesel and will address the preparation process, evaluate resource and safety precautions as well as the future of fuel.

      The workshop’s production component will allow participants to work in small groups to calculate titrations and perform small-batch reactions. The focus will be in demonstrating the feasibility of producing biodiesel in usable quantities. In advance of the workshop, participants are encouraged to secure their own 500-1000 ml (about a quart) samples of oil from a local source, such as a restaurant or home, to bring to the workshop.

      The center is located on Harmony Road across from the N. Kerr Thompson Football Stadium. For other details call Burns at the center.

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