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UCF Students Make Fuel from Fryer Grease

With the price of fuel still on the rise, many people are racking their brains to find new ways to afford to fill up their car’s gas tank.

This is especially hard for college students, who already have a hard enough time affording to pay for anything!

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But mechanical engineer students at the University of Central Florida have discovered a new way to take used fryer grease from a Chick-fil-A restaurant and make it into clean-burning fuel.

The Eco-Solution

In Florida the price per gallon of fuel has already reached $4.30. That was expensive enough to get a few students to build a biodiesel reactor.

The reactor is basically composed of a water heater, pipes, valves, hoses and filters.

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It uses the grease and two household chemicals and magically turns them into fuel that produces significantly less carbon dioxide emissions than regular petroleum diesel fuel.

It only costs about 80 cents to make a gallon of the fuel, and as a way to help lower the school’s spending on gas, the students will donate 20% of the fuel they make to help power a wide variety of vehicles for the University of Central Florida.

That’s a dramatic decrease compared to the $12,000 a year the school usually spends on fueling its vehicles.

You can read more about this story and see a video about it here.

This is just one of the many projects that college students have been working on to contribute to the green movement.

The more alternative energy sources we pursue, the better future our college students will have to pioneer more amazing green projects like this.

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  1. Cheryl April 14, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    I love the fact that students are working together to find an alternative energy source.

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