Have you ever started your car and smelt fried chicken?
This is what happening in Bali for driver Made Gusta, one of the pioneers of Green School’s Bio Bus project.
The school has three bio buses fuelled entirely by used cooking oil, and are already blazing a trail on the popular Indonesian island.
This idea was initiated by the Green School’s graduating students back in 2015. They are driven by the challenge to cut carbon emissions and green the island’s transportation system.
The students then found a solution to the challenge – the used cooking oil.
They approached businesses and encouraged them to donate their used cooking oil. After which, oil would be sent to local non-government organisation Yayasan Lengis Hijau, to transform the used cooking oil into biodiesel.
Isn’t it interesting to know that used cooking oil can eventually be transform into biodiesel?
In Bali, Green School has already set up their first public biodiesel fuel station!
If you are interested or would like to find out more about the project, click on the video below: https://youtu.be/Edy0JRv2QgU
I then went on to research more about biodiesel, and I am surprised that, in Singapore, there is also a similar initiative!
A Singapore recycling firm, Alpha Biofuels, is imagining a future where a shopping centre’s used cooking oil transforms into biofuel that can power the building.
Its pilot project (at Raffles City Shopping Centre), has managed to produce up to 200 litres of biodiesel a day from used cooking oil, which is sufficient to power the fuel needs of a double-decker bus for one full day!
You may wish to read up more about this project at: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/recipe-to-turn-used-cooking-oil-into-fuel
Through understanding more of such projects, it truly inspired and taught me on how innovativeness plays its role in solving environmental problems.