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Greg Boyd

ESF Senior, biodiesel expert
Posted December 2007

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One day it's glistening vegetable oil, giving crunch to a mound of French fries. A few days later, it's in the gas tank of a pickup truck, powering the vehicle along a city street and reducing its carbon emissions.

In between the cooking and the traveling, it spends a few days at the biofuels demonstration facility at ESF, where waste cooking oil from a neighboring university's dining hall is turned into environmentally friendly biodiesel fuel.

"There are a lot of benefits to it," said ESF senior Greg Boyd, who brought the process with him when he arrived at the College as an undergraduate. "You're not using a foreign oil source, it's sustainable in the United States and it has 70 percent less emissions than petroleum diesel."

One day it's glistening vegetable oil, giving crunch to a mound of French fries. A few days later, it's in the gas tank of a pickup truck, powering the vehicle along a city street and reducing its carbon emissions.

In between the cooking and the traveling, it spends a few days at the biofuels