Biodiesel

Since 2006, Professor Ben Culbertson (Art Department) has been collecting all of the waste vegetable oil on campus and making biodiesel. He has hand fabricated a set of collection containers that are in use at every dining facility on campus. In 2010, Professor Culbertson embarked on a project with several ceramics students to design, build and test a biodiesel-fueled burner system to fire ceramics kilns. To date, they have successfully built and fired a 30 cubic foot kiln to 2,350 degrees F using biodiesel. The work of Professor Culbertson is saving money for Chartwells, SU's food service vendor, saving energy, and reducing SU's carbon footprint

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         The first load of finished ceramic work fired in Prof. Culbertson's biodiesel kiln.

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                    cffd                             Professor Culbertson is an active advisor of S.U.'s Environmental Club, Culbertson     and 2013 Environmental Club president Sarah Komisar present a biodiesel mug.

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     Biodiesel ceramics and bicycle ceramics are sold at the annual Earth Day Festival.