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Consus The aim of the project is to establish a regional science-society network for sustainability innovations in Albania and Kosovo in order to strengthen the connection and collaboration of institutions in the field of higher education, research and practice.

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  • Less than 5 students
  • Up to 3 lecture units
  • Internet connection necessary
  • English, German

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The Production of Biodiesel(Resource ID: 117)

This building block shows a simple method of producing biodiesel in the laboratory.

The basic idea of the building block is the transesterification of cooking oil under basic catalysis. Using this method shows that using simple materials, vegetable oil can be used as the base of biodiesel production.

The implementation of the building block requires a laboratory or room that has minimal infrastructure (Water and electricity hookups, sink, metal stand).

Upon successful completion of the building block the separated main components fatty acid methyl ester FAME and glycerin can be bottled.

Accompanying materials for the building block are available in both German and English language in the form of standard operation procedures, a theoretical component on biodiesel and a checklist for execution.

Aha-effect for students

Transesterification: From an oil two non-mixable components of similar volumes are formed (begging the question “Where to put and what to do with so much glycerin?”)

Learning Outcomes
Understanding of a basic organic reaction including the necessary apparatus infrastructure.
Relevance for Sustainability
Use of biogenic materials for the production of fuel.
Related Teaching Resources
No specific previous knowledge / related resources required
Preparation Efforts
Funded by
Funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research within the framework of the call "Projekt MINT-Massenf├Ącher" (2011/12)

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Andreas Hofinger-Horvath


Andreas Hofinger-Horvath
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Division of Organic Chemistry (DCH/OC)


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