Title

Automated Biodiesel Generator

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Faculty Mentor Name

Kyle Watson

Abstract/Artist Statement

The purpose of this seoior project is to translate the labor intensive two stage biodiesel production process into an automated system. The user would put the required ingredients into storage tanks, activate the process through an interface, and produce biodiesel. The production process will employ two stages with methanol and vegetable oil as the primary ingredients for producing biodiesel with glycerin as a by-product. The two stages include esterification and transesterification. Each of the steps documented will be translated into an automated system that will produce four to six gallons ofbiodiesel. This project involves tank design, valve, heater and pump selection, electronics, and programming.

Location

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Start Date

3-5-2008 2:00 PM

End Date

3-5-2008 3:30 PM

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May 3rd, 2:00 PM May 3rd, 3:30 PM

Automated Biodiesel Generator

School of Engineering & Computer Science

The purpose of this seoior project is to translate the labor intensive two stage biodiesel production process into an automated system. The user would put the required ingredients into storage tanks, activate the process through an interface, and produce biodiesel. The production process will employ two stages with methanol and vegetable oil as the primary ingredients for producing biodiesel with glycerin as a by-product. The two stages include esterification and transesterification. Each of the steps documented will be translated into an automated system that will produce four to six gallons ofbiodiesel. This project involves tank design, valve, heater and pump selection, electronics, and programming.