Program successfully wrapped August 2014!
The Puget Sound Professionals Jamaica Biodiesel team successfully closed out the 6 year commitment with our Jamaica community partners. Read more about our project in the closeout documents submitted to EWB-USA.
Diesel is an expensive fuel source, particularly for an island nation that imports 90% of its oil. As economic conditions worldwide continue to depress the tourism industry, many communities struggle to fund essential programs, including emergency response services.
Using waste vegetable oil (WVO), biodiesel can be produced for approximately $2.50 per gallon. In addition, consumption of biodiesel yields ~78% less CO2 emissions than petroleum diesel, which helps reduce Jamaica’s carbon footprint and keeps fats and oils out of the sewer system.
Since 2008, the Puget Sound Professionals chapter has worked with Jamaican Firefighters and students from the University of Technology in Kingston to train community members how to build and operate a biodiesel processor at the Negril Recycling Center.
Further work is needed to improve the methanol recovery process. Methanol left in solution prohibits complete soap extraction, leaving impurities in the biodiesel. Methanol recovery will further reduce the price of biodiesel, as well as decrease emissions from the biodiesel production process.