Idea Phase (15 January-3 April 2018)

Production of biodiesel from vegetable oil as a driving force for sustainability

Biodiesel is an organic fuel derived from natural lipids such as vegetable oils or animal fats, obtained through a relatively simple industrial process of transesterification of the oil itself. After the process and unlike the oil that gave rise to it, the biodiesel (methyl ester) has a viscosity similar to that of diesel derived from petroleum and can replace it. [Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, ...more »

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Small Scale Waste to Energy

What is the problem? Approximately $162 billion dollars’ worth of food is wasted in North America each year, accounting for 40% of all food produced. This wasted food eventually ends up in landfills, where it decomposes and releases methane gas, a compound which is 25 times more toxic than carbon dioxide. In addition to the alarming environmental effects, food waste costs businesses upwards of $3.1 billion dollars per ...more »

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