The KU Biodiesel Initiative is a grassroots, student-run operation to produce biodiesel from used cooking oil generated on campus. The Initiative focuses on research, sustainability, and outreach. It is our ultimate goal to meet the requirements of all KU's buses, landscaping and maintenance equipment, and power generators on campus with this renewable fuel.
Specific Goals of the Biodiesel Initiative
- Establish a facility to produce biodiesel from used vegetable oil at KU.
- Create a closed-loop production process with regards to byproduct reuse, resource conservation, and energy management.
Biodiesel Quality Standards
- Obtain the equipment and experience necessary to perform ASTM testing of biodiesel.
- Develop a self sustaining ASTM testing facility for biodiesel to provide a testing service to the State of Kansas and broader community.
- Investigate the effect of feedstock characteristics on the biodiesel properties, engine performance, and emission quality at all stages from "Feedstock to Tailpipe".
- Lessen the ecological footprint of the facility and focus efforts towards the benefit of economy, community, and environment.