Community Trap Grease Biodiesel Project Seeks Additional Funding
by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine) A research team investigating the possibility converting trap grease collected from Cincinnati sewer systems into biodiesel will be presenting the initial results of its project at the U.S. EPA’s 2012 National Sustainable Design Expo April 21-22. The event features a student completion where teams showcase innovative solutions to environmental problems in an effort to win EPA’s P3 Award. According to the EPA, exhibitors are also on hand to showcase their ideas for achieving environmental sustainability.
The trap grease project is led by the University of Cincinnati, in partnership with Bluegrass Biodiesel and the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD). The aim of the project is to develop a community-scale biodiesel production system that employs trap grease collected from the sewers as feedstock. The team was given a $15,000 P3 Award last August to support Phase I of the project. According to Ming Chai, lab manager at Bluegrass Biodiesel who also serves as co-investigator of Phase I and coordinator for Phase II of the project, the team has already submitted a proposal for funding to support Phase II. READ MORE