Biodiesel production takes off at Cheltenham College
Independent school Cheltenham College is reaping the environmental and financial rewards of onsite biodiesel production.
For the past 12 months pupils have been using a Fuel Pod to convert waste cooking oil from the school kitchens into fuel for estate vehicles. During that time, around 1,000 litres – worth approximately £1,200 – has been produced.
A 50 litre batch is generated on average every other week. It costs 20p per litre to produce and students sell it to the school for a nominal 70p per litre, putting the profits towards the College Rainforest Fund. The aim is to raise enough money to purchase a 50 acre area of rainforest, further offsetting the school’s carbon footprint.
Teacher Dominic Faulkner believes onsite biodiesel production is a particularly attractive proposition for boarding schools, due to the surplus of waste cooking oil and availability of staff and pupils to oversee the process.
“Producing a 50 litre batch is an eight hour process, requiring about one hour of hands-on time,” Faulkner said. “We are still well within the 2,000 litre tax-free production limit, so we plan to scale-up activity over the coming academic year. As well as the financial and environmental benefits, it is incredibly convenient being able to fill up vehicles on site.”
A spokesman from GreenFuels, who manufactures the FuelPod, said: “We have seen a surge in interest from schools, colleges and universities over recent months. Many have been considering biodiesel production as a means to enhance green credentials for some time, but fuel price hikes have helped to push it up the agenda.”
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