Biodiesel can be made from vegetable oil or animal through a chemical reaction called transesterification. Through this chemical reaction, long hydrocarbon chain (fatty acids) can be isolated, and later refined, to create a biodegradable, non-toxic, non-flammable, drop-in replacement for petroleum diesel fuel.
Loyola students are hard at work developing a Zero Waste Production Process while producing biodiesel for sale and maintaining the highest product quality. Additionally, the Searle Biodiesel Lab serves as a resource center for other education programs and small-scale biodiesel producers.
Check out some of our online resources, or reach out with more specific/detailed questions:
|Biodiesel Production Calculator||Used Cooking Oil Donations|
|Lesson Plans||Zero Waste Production Model|
|Video Overview of Program||Processor Plans (Education)|
Our Biodiesel Processor Through The Years