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Goals of the KU Biodiesel Initiative













Fuel Production

  • Establish a facility to produce biodiesel from used vegetable oil at KU.
  • Create a closed-loop production process with regards to byproduct reuse, resource conservation, and energy management.

Biodiesel Quality Standards

  • Obtain the equipment and experience necessary to perform ASTM testing of biodiesel.
  • Develop a self sustaining ASTM testing facility for biodiesel to provide a testing service to the State of Kansas and broader community.


  • Investigate the effect of feedstock characteristics on the biodiesel properties, engine performance, and emission quality at all stages from "Feedstock to Tailpipe".
  • Lessen the ecological footprint of the facility and focus efforts towards the benefit of economy, community, and environment.

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