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Bio-diesel at Youth Olympics
Detail: Nine business studies students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore are working towards converting used cooking oil into biofuel in collaboration with local biodiesel company Alpha Biofuels. As part of their final-year project, the students aim to collect 48,000 litres of used cooking oil to power vehicles, generators and other diesel equipment for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in August.

The oil collected is being sent to Alpha Biofuels' manufacturing plant, where it will be converted into biodiesel. The cooking oil goes through a chemical process called transesterification, where about 80 per cent to 90 per cent of it is converted into biodiesel. Vehicles such as the buses ferrying athletes from the Youth Olympic Village will be encouraged to use this biodiesel as this can be used in all diesel engines, and retails for a lower price than petroleum-based diesel. Biodiesel produced from used cooking oil emits about 62 per cent less greenhouse gases compared with conventional diesel.
Source: The Straits Times (Singapore), February 6, 2010 Saturday
Date: March 27 2010