Team # 929 -- Biodiesel/Biohydraulic Fluids Team
College of Agricultural Sciences / Earth and Mineral Sciences / College of Engineering / Finance and Business / Research / Eberly College of Science

May 2002


To lead the Commonwealth in the use of biodiesel as a viable fuel.

Prompted by the desire to decrease the environmental cost of hydraulic oil spills and leaks, the Environmental Health and Safety and College of Agriculture Farm Operations units desired to switch agricultural equipment to environmentally friendly hydraulic oils.
Following this, the group became interested in Penn State's leading the state in the use of biodiesel as a viable fuel. As this project progressed, the group collectively planned the re-use of the used vegetable oil from the dining halls as biodiesel fuel.

Team Membership

  • Glen Cauffman, Co-Leader
  • Lysa Holland, Co-Leader
  • Andre Boehman, Member
  • Ryan Johnson, Member
  • Wally Lloyd, Member
  • Michele Newhard, Member
  • Joe Perez, Member
  • Jim Purdum, Member
  • Tom Richard, Member
  • Doug Schaufler, Member
  • Jeff Spackman, Member
  • Lisa Wandel, Member

Results Achieved to Date

  • ExpectedResults: Team members from Chemical Engineering investigated various biohydraulic fluids. These team members worked with industry to develop an oil that provided the desired characteristics while meeting the environmental requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Penn State University. This oil was piloted in equipment at Farm Operations, and a year later was adopted by the equipment also at the Office of Physical Plant.
    Now, as a result of the success with the equipment, the group pursued the changeover of the elevators at Penn State to biohydraulic oil. These elevators are also using biohydraulic oil at this time.

    Biodiesel production has begun on a pilot basis, and when a suitable place is found for production, all of the used vegetable oil from the dining halls and hospitality locations will be processed into biodiesel. This fuel will be used in diesel powered OPP vehicles, landscape equipment, and university farm equipment.




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