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Natural Awakenings Chicago

Academic Partnership to Focus on Biodiesel Fuel

Sep 26, 2012 10:42AM

Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy (CUERP) biodiesel program has partnered with Northwestern University to increase biodiesel production, education and outreach on both campuses and beyond. They will work with Chicago Biofuels, a new company that collects used cooking oil to be cleaned and delivered for use as renewable biodiesel fuel.

Loyola’s biodiesel program began in 2009 and has become the first educational program in the United States to be licensed by state and federal authorities to produce and sell biodiesel, producing 2,000 to 3,000 gallons each year. It sells the fuel to The Free Enterprise System, Inc., Loyola’s shuttle service company, and has also sold a biodiesel soap—called BioSoap—to the public for the past two years.

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