Latest School Fundraiser: Biodiesel
by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com) Tired of buying lop-sided candles or ugly wrapping paper just because you want to help your school make a few bucks? Well, maybe you can do like another school in North Carolina is doing in this story from WNCT-TV and sign up for the Biodiesel 4 Schools program, an initiative that helps school districts raise money by collecting cooking oil from local restaurants, and then selling the green fuel to businesses with school districts getting a cut of the profit. READ MORE and MORE (WNCT-TV includes video) and MORE (Biodiesel 4 Schools includes video)
Excerpt from WNCT-TV: The fundraiser raises money for the school district by collecting cooking oil from local restaurants, then it’s turned into biodiesel and sold to businesses. School districts get a cut of the profit.
The biodiesel is then sold to companies to fuel trucks and buses. Participating school districts get about 25 cents per gallon. In the past two years, Pitt County Schools has raised more than $30,000 from Pitt County restaurants’ used cooking oil. Beaufort County is looking to see similar results. READ MORE
Studies Steadily Advance Cellulosic Ethanol Prospects
by Ann Perry (Phys.Org) At the Agricultural Research Service’s Bioenergy Research Unit in Peoria, Illinois, field work and bench investigations keep ARS scientists on the scientific front lines of converting biomass into cellulosic ethanol.
For instance, one recent research focus has been on determining how switchgrass plant maturity at harvest affects ethanol yields.
Chemist Michael Bowman led another study that focused specifically on switchgrass xylans.
Molecular biologist Ron Hector, meanwhile, led work on the microorganisms needed to ferment xylose into ethanol. READ MORE