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First Advisor

Svetlana Nikitina

Date

2012

Abstract

The San Francisco Agricultural School in the Chaco region of Paraguay is a boarding school that is looking to reduce its current expenses on a steam boiler. Currently, the boiler is fueled by costly wood, which is becoming a financial burden for the school. Our objective is to relieve the economic and environmental burden of wood burning by creating a concept design of a boiler system that uses an alternative energy source. A system using a liquid fuel burner powered by biodiesel would be a solution that meets and even exceeds the school’s standard for cost-effectiveness and sustainability. To implement this idea, we have put together a manual with illustrations and simple instruction translated to Spanish so that even someone with little to no technical experience or knowledge could adopt, operate and maintain the biodiesel-powered heating system at the School.

Keywords

The Grand Challenges Seminar

Language

English

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Rights

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Course

The Grand Challenges Seminar

Program

Great Problems Seminar

Format

application/pdf

Vegetable Oil to Steam


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