Graduate engineering students Chris Currie and Paul Singer show off a batch of biodiesel at a recent all-day energy and biodiesel workshop at a local elementary school. Singer and Currie were testing out a biodiesel curriculum created by the University of Idaho Biodiesel Education Program. For more information see: Students Learn About Energy During Academy Day
Students in the Upward Bound Nations program completed a two-week biodiesel course at the University of Idaho’s biodiesel lab. As part of the course, they arranged for this food bank truck to be fueled with biodiesel. See this article for more info: Upward Bound Students Unveil Biodiesel Truck.
University of Idaho president Duane Nellis (in yellow tie) looks at the Rancimat, an instrument used to measure the oxidative stability of biodiesel, during a tour of the University of Idaho’s biodiesel lab. With him are Bill Goesling, member of the Idaho State Board of Education, and Jon Van Gerpen, head of the University of Idaho’s Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. The inset photo shows Nellis and Van Gerpen examining canola seed meal from the oilseed press.
The University of Idaho biodiesel lab has started collecting waste oil from the university’s food service program, run by Sodexo, and converting it to biodiesel. This biodiesel will then be used to fuel Sodexo’s delivery trucks. Here, Pat Clelland, Director of Operations of Sodexo, adds biodiesel to the fuel tank of a new Ford delivery truck, which is approved for B20 (20% biodiesel).
Pat Clelland (in white jacket), Director of Operations for Sodexo (university food services), looks at the storage tote holding biodiesel made from Sodexo’s waste vegetable oil. The woman in the hat is Mackenzie Ivey, sustainability coordinator for Sodexo. Joe Thompson, University of Idaho biodiesel lab manager, is on the left.
Aerial photo of IdaGold yellow mustard on the Stubbs Farm near Dusty, Washington. IdaGold was developed at the University of Idaho, and the oil from its seeds has been tested for biodiesel production at the University of Idaho. Photo by Amy Hetrick.
Two of the vehicles owned by the Biodiesel Education Program. Both of these run on B100 all year round.
The Vandal Trolley is a University of Idaho vehicle used to ferry visitors around campus during special events such as the jazz festival, recruiting events, and conferences. The Trolley runs on B20.
This is the University of Idaho panel of a biodiesel mural fence that stood at 8th and Main in downtown Boise for about a year. The entire fence consisted of about 10 panels, each painted by children at a regional school.