Used Cooking Oil as Subtitute to Diesel
This study, Trans-Esterified Used-Cooking Oil as Substitute to Diesel, aims to produce a diesel with physical properties comparable to commercially produced diesels. The researchers surveyed the top three oil products that public utility jeepney drivers use: Caltex, Petron and Shell.
The biodiesel was produced through a process called trans-esterification. It makes methyl ester from the used cooking oil that is similar to the complex hydrocarbon chains of petroleum products. Glycerine and soap are the byproducts of this process. A percent yield of 73 percent makes the product relatively good for economic distribution.
The Philippines is actually rich in energy resources. Filipinos are still seeking for the proverbial pot of gold, not knowing that this black gold is sitting in their own backyard.
And so, the researchers thought of using a material abundant in the home-used cooking oil to develop fuel for cars. The researchers would also want to know the feasibility and usefulness of used-cooking oil as a car fuel.
Further clarification of the procedures and results should be directed to the researchers and adviser.
Romulo Vinci Buenza
Androus Rogel Cabautan
Cladyl Marie Dy
Ma. Karina Fullante
Mary Kristine Ira Gracia
Ma. Karen Ophelia Nobleza
Ms. Ana Liza M. Liao
Naga City Science High School
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