Biofuel Panel

Last week we sponsored a Biofuel Panel and Discussion. We invited Michael Lakeman, from Boeing, Kevin Kuper, from Sequential Pacific, and Renata Bura, a professor here at UW, to talk about their projects and where they see biofuels going.

Michael Lakeman let us know how Boeing is encouraging the use of drop-in biofuels. While they are not an airline, since they do supply a large portion of the airplanes in use to airlines, they see research in biofuels as a necessary long term goal.

Kevin Kuper spoke about how Sequential Pacific limits their reactor feeds to used cooking oil in order to maintain their commitment to the environment. He discussed the effects the economic downturn had on the biofuel industry and what effects possible laws that might be forthcoming could have in the future.

Professor Renata Bura explained her research on converting lignocellulosic biomass into biofuel. Lignocellulosic refers to dry plant matter of any kind. Her research focuses on processing corn stover and aspen trees to make biofuels. She highlighted the three current commercial plants in the United States that use corn stover to create ethanol.

We appreciated all of our speakers for taking the time to talk about their projects and answer questions. Also, thank you to all who could come and participate. :)

– Alexa & Brandon

February Updates Hooray :)

Hello everyone!

Hope the midterms are going great! We at the BC have been busy. Like Sean mentioned in the email, the other officers and are very close to finally ordering our laboratory, the reactor and equipment. Therefore, we are gonna celebrate with the welcome back BBQ at a later date.

Remember the BC will be hosting a small panel of industry reps and experts in the field of biofuels.

This will happen next week on

Wednesday, Feb 11th @ 5:30 in Anderson 223

We’ll provide refreshments at the end, and it’s open to everyone, so feel free to invite friends! The flyer is attached

Other news to forward to include:

February ??, 2015 – Welcome Back BBQ – a BBQ for all members plus an adviser to hang out, network, and above all have a good time after a long winter break. Alcohol is an optional beverage for the event, but those of you under 21 can have soda instead.

April 2, 2015 – Environmental Innovation Challenge Event — an all-day event for members dressed in Business Professional attire who will run a business model booth and talk to onlookers/judges about the impact that biodiesel can have on our UW community. Great experience for the industry focused individual

April 24-25, 2015 — Engineering Discovery Days – an 8 hour volunteer event with 1 hour shifts to get the kids all over UW excited about the field of engineering and the intrigue of biodiesel. We need SAFE interactive items for kids to play with while we explain what biodiesel is with the help of our cool looking model.

Every Month – Clean Tech Alliance – a business casual/ professional meet and greet for investors and small sustainable business to share knowledge and endorsements. We will send representatives for one of the meetings to be tentatively scheduled at a later date.

Keep emailing us about getting involved. We are open to your input and love getting new people more involved.
So let us know if you’d like to do something.

I’ll let you know of any updates!

-Brandon and Alexa

Start of Winter Quarter 2015

Hey all!

Just a quick update to say we hope you all had a fantastic winter break! Classes start in just a few days and hopefully we will have a general meeting soon. The BBQ is still on the docket, but no date confirmed yet! We’ll keep you posted.

– Alexa & Brandon

Update for November 2014

Hello everyone,
Here are the updates for the Cooperative over the past month of November:

— We have been making great progress with the Tailgate Recycling Initiative each week. Thanks to all the volunteers who came by and helped pass out bags to tailgaters. GO HUSKIES!!!

— On Wednesday of the 1st week, the Engineering/Tech team held the first module to demonstrate the fundamentals of extracting biodiesel from the HFS sites. Also, for the lucky few who stuck around for the extraction, we also toured the “lab” room with our reactor and discovered the “gunk” that goes into making biodiesel. For now, members in that group will start to educate themselves more about the process behind making biodiesel and decide which aspect of the process interests them the most.

— On Wednesday of the 2nd week, the reactor team held the second module to discuss the organic chemistry behind the making of biodiesel. We had a nice chat and a short review of OChem for many of the upper division students, but I, coming in as a freshman, was intrigued by the workings “behind the scenes” of our cooperative. We will set up the third and final module to discuss the business behind biodiesel at a later date, most likely the beginning of winter quarter, but this is tentative scheduling so remember to check your email and/or the calender to receive updates.

— On Wednesday, the Outreach team met to discuss the next quarter’s events and set up committees to head each of the events. This group is in charge of spreading the awareness of the impact of biodiesel on the UW community. We are hoping to set up another tour of the General Biodiesel facility sometime winter quarter and are still looking for members to take the lead on many of these committees including: Engineering Discovery Days, Environmental Innovation Challenge, the Welcome Back BBQ, and the Clean Tech Alliance. If you have any questions, comments, or want to participate, feel free to send us an email or come chat with us.

Calendar Updates (Tentative Scheduling Updates can occur):

January ??, 2015 – Welcome Back BBQ – a BBQ for all members plus an adviser to hang out, network, and above all have a good time after a long winter break. Alcohol is an optional beverage for the event, but those of you under 21 can have soda instead.

January 22, 2015 — Register for Environmental Innovation Challenge – a committee will hopefully set up in the next few week to discuss possible business plans or alternatives to our current plan. The team will need to plan a business model related to the cooperative itself, design advanced posters to explain the impact that biodiesel can have on our UW community, and develop explanations for questions raised by judges and curious onlookers to the booth.

April 2, 2015 – Environmental Innovation Challenge Event — an all-day event for members dressed in Business Professional attire who will run a business model booth and talk to onlookers/judges about the impact that biodiesel can have on our UW community. Great experience for the industry focused individual

April 24-25, 2015 — Engineering Discovery Days – an 8 hour volunteer event with 1 hour shifts to get the kids all over UW excited about the field of engineering and the intrigue of biodiesel. We need SAFE interactive items for kids to play with while we explain what biodiesel is with the help of our cool looking model.

Every Month – Clean Tech Alliance – a business casual/ professional meet and greet for investors and small sustainable business to share knowledge and endorsements. We will send representatives for one of the meetings to be tentatively scheduled at a later date.

Remember you guys can choose to participate in more than one of the cooperative’s teams. We just expect the same effort for each group you choose to participate in.

That’s all for now! We wish you guys goof luck on your finals and have a wonderful winter break.

– Brandon and Alexa

Our New Executive Committee!

Hello everyone!

Our sincere apologies for the long delay in updating our website. If you have not heard the good news yet, we were recently approved for a $90,000 grant from the University of Washington Campus Sustainability Fund! Many thanks to everyone on the fund for believing in our team and sharing our vision of creating a student-driven renewable energy lab on campus!

In addition, we have also recently elected our new Executive Committee for the 2014-2015 school year:

Chief Operations Officer: Tony Serna
Chief Technical Officer: Wyatt Curtis
Chief Relations Officer: Sean Lorimor
Lab Director: Sam Wilson

Congrats to our new officers for the year!

Finally, our meetings this quarter will be held on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30pm in Bloedel Hall Room 292, but please be sure to check the Google calendar for other events that we will be present at if you are unable to make this time.

Thanks and have a great week!