Collaborative Biodiesel Project

The EPA-P3 funded Collaborative Biodiesel Project at Appalachian State University has been a student-led effort to demonstrate a closed-loop biodiesel processor, and create a research and educational facility to teach about biodiesel production and use. Through Phase I and Phase II grants, students have successfully designed and constructed the Biodiesel Education and Research Laboratory that provides renewable energy inputs, recycles side streams, and minimizes waste and pollution.

The larger Biofuels and Biomass Initiative at Appalachian continues to grow and evolve organically out of the Phase I and Phase II efforts. Our open-source philosophy has allowed us to become an approachable conduit of information for renewable fuels and technology. The success of this project has had far reaching effects and created a positive environment for further funding including the Biodiesel Research Facility at the Catawba County EcoComplex.

Our goal with this Initiative is to continue to provide unique opportunities for research, education, and community outreach in the growing field of Biofuels while promoting renewable and sustainable production technologies.

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