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Spring 2015


The focus of this project is to research the environmental and economic benefits of biodiesel. The motivation for this project came from the question of: "Does the cost of biodiesel justify the pollution reduction?" Research had to be done to gain the facts and knowledge to support the cause. This includes finding possible sourcing, pros, cons, costs, fuel mixes, environmental, and mechanical information as it pertains to diesel engines and even the potential use in the CATbus fleet. Secondly, CATbus would have to be contacted in order to gain their thoughts and share the supporting information on biodiesel. The outcome of this project should show that environmental effects are better when using biodiesel versus regular petroleum diesel, and that there is less impact on human life. Our conclusion is that we recommend CATbus to use biodiesel over regular petroleum diesel. Thanks goes to our advisor Gary Gaulin and the Creative Inquiry program for making this project possible.


Poster presentation at Clemson University 10th Annual Focus on Creative Inquiry Forum, Clemson, SC.