EDUCO Project turns into biodiesel 60,000 L of used cooking oil

More than 22,000 students from 60 Catalan cities have joined the initiative

Barcelona, 30th June 2015.- European Project EDUCO has transformed 60,000 of used cooking oil collected by students from 120 schools in circa 60,000 L of Biodiesel. More than 22,000 students from 60 Catalan towns have participated in 600 awareness workshops within this initiative funded by the Life+ Europe Union program. Project has demonstrated the feasibility of using biofuels from renewable resources compared to fossil fuels.

Every year are discharged, just in Catalonia, nearly 30,000 of cooking oil tones into sewage system that, if it would be transformed, will turn into 25,000 biodiesel tons. EDUCO project has demonstrated the viability of the system for collecting used cooking oils in schools for further use in biodiesel production. Moreover, the project has encouraged the renewable energies use and it has contributed to the long-term fossil fuels substitution for biofuels such as biodiesel, in order to reducing greenhouse gases emissions.

With this target, the main results of the project were: the pilot plant construction for the waste oil treatment and cleaning of the containers and design and production of a specific container to collect used cooking oil. Furthermore, the project has contributed to decreasing CO2 emissions, increasing production and use of biodiesel in the fleet of vehicles used for the collection of oils and creating new jobs in a special work centre.


More than 9.500 students recycle used cooking oil to produce biodiesel

The collection is performed within the framework of the EDUCO project, started in July of 2012,  and has already allowed to collect more than 14.000 liters of used cooking oil.  37 schools from five Catalan regions (Vallès Occidental, Bages, Berguedà, Osona and Alt Penedès) participate, and along the project will join other interested schools. The project has an important educational and social value in the training and promotion of concepts such as waste recycling and production of renewable energies.

The Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic, that takes part of TECNIO –  the only network that improves the technological transfer and the business innovation in Catalonia – is developing the project “Collection system of used cooking oils in educative centers and biodiesel production test with cavitation technology (EDUCO)” in the Catalan educational centres.

The main aim of the EDUCO project is to make aware to the educational population of the importance of the waste recycling and the production of renewable energies, as well as promoting educational, environmental and social values. The project has also allowed to design and build a pilot plant for the treatment of used cooking oils, that are collect in the schools and later used in a pilot plant for the production of biodiesel.

The project, that has a duration of 2,5 years, started last month of March and has already allowed to collect more than 14.000 liters of used cooking oil, between the 9.500 participating students until the moment. In this first initial phase participate schools from the following Catalan regions: Bages (315 students from 1 school), El Berguedà (1.150 students from 6 schools), Osona (1.180 students from 7 schools), Vallès Western (6.051 students from 17 schools) and Alt Penedès (828 students from 5 schools).

The students from the participating schools receive a container for the collection of the used cooking oil, the same day that they attend the awareness workshops in their school. Once full, they bring it back to the school and they receive another empty and clean container.

The school stores the containers in boxes with capacity for 10/12 containers. When it accumulates 100 liters the school contacts with the Associació d’Oli al Biodièsel (AOB) through its webpage and request for their collection. When the pilot phase of the project begins, the vehicles that will collect and transport the waste oil from the schools to the pilot plant will use the produced biodiesel, which guarantees the sustainability of the project and of the systems in general.

The pilot phase considered in the project foresees the participation of 25-30 municipalities of Catalonia with an approximate total of 90-120 schools and 40.000-52.000 students from primary and secondary education.

Awareness workshop at schools:

Each participating school organizes workshops adapted to the level of the students:

Infant School Workshop: a represented tale with the mascot of the project, Olinet, as a principal actor and the execution of a handicraft.

Primary School Workshop: the tale “the adventure of Olinet” told and a handicraft

Junior School Workshop: a speech about the oil as a waste, an index card with the  correct and wrong actions and a handicraft

Secondary School Workshop: an educational video and a debate.

The school facilitates to the families an informative letter and a document with recommendations for the implantation of the project.


More than 6.000 students from the Vallès Occidental region participate in a project to produce biodiesel from used cooking oils

935 students from schools of Terrassa, 1.903 from Sabadell, 440 from Castellbisbal, 462 from Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, 450 from Viladecavalls, 477 from Polinyà, 262 from Cerdanyola del Vallès, 389 from Vacarisses, 196 from Rubí, 242 from Ripollet, 70 from Rellinars and 225 from Sant Quirze del Vallès, participate in the project. Since the last month of March, 6.8925.070 liters of used cooking oil have been collected in the schools of the Vallès Occidental region.

The Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic, that takes part of TECNIO –  the only network that improves the technological transfer and the business innovation in Catalonia – has initiated the project “Collection system of used cooking oils in educative centers and biodiesel production test with cavitation technology (EDUCO)”.

The main aim of the EDUCO project is to make aware to the educational population of the importance of the waste recycling and the production of renewable energies, as well as promoting educational, environmental and social values. The project has also allowed to design and build a pilot plant for the treatment of used cooking oils, that are collect in the schools and later used in a pilot plant for the production of biodiesel.

Currently, the residual oils are already being collected in schools of several Catalan regions (Bages, Barcelonès, Berguedà, Osona and Vallès Occidental). Specifically in the Vallès Occidental region, since last month of March a total of 6.892 liters of used cooking oil have been collected.

The students from the participating schools receive a container for the collection of the used cooking oil, the same day that they attend the awareness workshops in their school. Once full, they bring it back to the school and they receive another empty and clean container.

The school stores the containers in boxes with capacity for 10/12 containers. When it accumulates 100 liters the school contacts with the Associació d’Oli al Biodièsel (AOB) through its webpage and request for their collection. When the pilot phase of the project begins, the vehicles that will collect and transport the waste oil from the schools to the pilot plant will use the produced biodiesel, which guarantees the sustainability of the project and of the systems in general.

The pilot phase considered in the project foresees the participation of 25-30 municipalities of Catalonia with an approximate total of 90-120 schools and 40.000-52.000 students from primary and secondary education.

 A total of 6.051 students from the Vallès Occidental region participate in the project, specifically:

Terrassa (935): Escola TECNOS (487 students) and Escola Serra de l’Ubac (448 students). 

Sabadell (1.903): Escola Concòrdia (477 students), Escola Nostra Llar (457 students), Joaquim Blume (382 students), Escola Sant Julià (252 students), Escola Joan Maragall (335 students)

Castellbisbal: Escola Benviure (440 students)

Santa Perpètua De Mogoda: Escola La Florida (462 students)

Viladecavalls: Roc Blanc (450 students)

Polinyà: Escola Roser Capdevila (477 students)

Cerdanyola del Vallès: Escola Turo de Guiera (262 students)

Vacarisses: Escola Font de l’Orpina (389 students)

Rubí: Liceu Politècnic (196 students)

Ripollet: FEDAC Ripollet (242 students)

Rellinars: CEIP Rellinars (70 students)

Sant Quirze del Vallès: Escola El Turonet (225 students)


More than 1.150 students from the Osona region participate in a project to produce biodiesel from used cooking oils

453 students from Torelló, 204 from Sant Quirze de Besora, 157 from Les Masies de Voltregà, 53 from Muntanyola, 28 from Taradell, 200 from Sant Julià of Vilatorta and 85 from Viladrau, participate in the project. Since the last month of March, 1.101 liters of used cooking oil have been collected in the schools of the Osona region.

The main aim of the EDUCO project is to make aware to the educational population of the importance of the waste recycling and the production of renewable energies, as well as promoting educational, environmental and social values. The project has also allowed to design and build a pilot plant for the treatment of used cooking oils, that are collect in the schools and later used in a pilot plant for the production of biodiesel.

Currently, the residual oils are already being collected in schools of several Catalan regions (Bages, Barcelonès, Berguedà, Osona and Vallès Occidental). Specifically in the Osona region, since last month of March a total of 1.101 liters of used cooking oil have been collected.

The students from the participating schools receive a container for the collection of the used cooking oil, the same day that they attend the awareness workshops in their school. Once full, they bring it back to the school and they receive another empty and clean container.

The school stores the containers in boxes with capacity for 10/12 containers. When it accumulates 100 liters the school contacts with the Associació d’Oli al Biodièsel (AOB) through its webpage and request for their collection. When the pilot phase of the project begins, the vehicles that will collect and transport the waste oil from the schools to the pilot plant will use the produced biodiesel, which guarantees the sustainability of the project and of the systems in general.

The pilot phase considered in the project foresees the participation of 25-30 municipalities of Catalonia with an approximate total of 90-120 schools and 40.000-52.000 students from primary and secondary education.

A total of 1.180 students of the Osona region participate in the project, specifically:

Torelló: Fortià Solà (453 students)

Sant Quirze de Besora: Segimon Comas (204 students)

Les Masies de Voltregà (La Gleva): Mare de Déu de La Gleva (157 students)

Muntanyola: Escola Muntanyola (53 students)

Taradell: Escola El Gurri (28 students)

Sant Julià de Vilatorta: Escola Bellpuig (200 students)

Viladrau: Els Castanyers (85 students)


Catalan schools will collect used cooking oil to produce biodiesel

The project started up in the Bages region and it has been extended to eight more regions. It pretends to teach the importance of recycling.

 

Nearly 25.000 students from schools belonging to five Catalan districts -Catalunya Central, Vallès Occidental, Vallès Oriental, Alt Penedès and Garraf- participates this course in a project focused on the collection of used cooking oil to manufacture biodiesel. This is an initiative started up by the Associació d’Oli al Biodiesel (AOB) that began with a pilot test at the schools of Santpedor (Bages). As it has detailed the president of the association, Jordi Bosch, the aim is "to explain to the students that the oil goes to a treatment plant and this represents a cost; that it is a contaminating waste; and that recycle the oil can turn into a social profit". In Catalonia 29.000 tons of oil are poured annually into the sink.

 

The managers of the Associació d’Oli al Biodièsel have presented the EDUCO project, after signing with the local government a collaboration agreement to carry out the initiative in three educational centres of the city. As it has explained the Environment and Sustainability councilor, Jordi Serracanta, the wish of the consistory is to expand in the next years the project to the whole public and private centres of the city. It is the first agreement that the association signs with the local government.

 

European approval
The Educo project was approved by the LIFE+ program of the European Commission and has the aim to collect used cooking oils of the schools belonging to nine Catalan regions (Alt Penedès, Anoia, Bages, Berguedà, Garraf, Osona, Solsonès, Vallès Oriental and Vallès Occidental). The president of the association, Jordi Bosch, has explained that this course will participate a total of 25.000 students, although the objective is to achieve an approximate total of 120 schools and 50.000 students of primary and secondary education.

 

According to Bosch, the project has an educational part with the aim to explain to the students through different workshops that "the oil is a residue that ends into a treatment plant and all this represents a cost and, besides, it is a contaminating waste". On the other hand, Bosch has explained that the collection of oil allows create working places to people with risk of social exclusion. According to Bosch, each 10.000 liters of collected oil "means a consolidated working place".

 

A big amount of used cooking oil

 

Associació d’Oli al Biodièsel calculates that in Catalonia 29.000 tons of oil is poured annually into the sink and this could mean the production of about 25.000 tons of biodiesel. On the other hand, Bosch has lay on the table that "a lot of biodiesel producers from the country have to use cooking oil coming from the outsides of Catalonia and this generates another problem". For this reason, has said, he suggested the idea to involve the schools in the collection used cooking oil.

 

The project coordinator at the schools, Mariví Ciriano, has detailed that they organize workshops adapted to the school centres "to explain the contamination power of the used cooking oil and how can elaborate fuel, as well as also the profits of the biofuels".

 

The promoters have designed a container where the students introduce the used cooking oil at their homes and once full they bring it to the school. Ciriano has explained that when a centre accumulates a total of one hundred containers they request for their collection to the association. In this way, the technicians from the entity are the responsible of the containers collection at the schools and also of the transport to the treatment plant to manufacture the biodiesel.

 

"What we want to achieve not to convert the school into a recycling point, but that the school creates a habit to the families", has pointed out Ciriano. For her, "if you facilitate to the families a simple way to recycle and a place where the children go every day, they take the habit to not through away a residue and to perform a correct management of the waste". The association ensures that "in four months we collect more used cooking oil from a school that in all year from a recycling point".

 

Manresa joins to the project

 

The Manresa council has been the first in signing an agreement with the Associació d’Oli al Biodièsel to go ahead with the project and involve the city. In this way, during this course the Ave Maria school, the Bages school and the Lluís Peguera Institute will participate in this initiative that, in the city, have been designated 'Educo-oil'. The Environment and Sustainability councilor, Jordi Serracanta, explained that at half-term the aim is to extend the project to other educational centres of the city.

 

According to Serracanta, the project wants to have a "direct return" in the schools, in this sense the results from all actions will be explained to the students, what quantity of oil have been collected, how much CO2 has not been emitted, how many money has not been spent in the treatment plant, among others. For him, it is important to involve the students and their families "to give a second life to the used cooking oil and to reduce the environmental footprint".

 

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Officially presented the EDUCO project for the collection of used cooking oil in Manlleu

Manlleu is the only city of the Central Catalonia where all the schools of the municipality have joined to the Project

With the wish to continue being a green school, the Pompeu Fabra of Manlleu has joined to the EDUCO Project to collect used cooking oil. And like this school, 6 more from primary and two nurseries of Manlleu.

Withal, the Ter capital is the only city of the Central Catalonia where all the schools of the municipality have joined to the Project. Besides, it is the first place where the nursery schools are also joined.

It’s about an educational, environmental, social and energetic program that has as an objective to collect the used cooking oil to manufacture biodiesel. This Monday in the afternoon the Project was officially presented in the Pompeu Fabra school, when the students from primary school were performing one of the workshops of the program. It consisted in a game, similar to the Goose game, in which if they had bad luck and fell into the pollution box, they had to start again. The director of the school, Lourdes Areñas, spoke about the types of workshops that are performed with the students. With the children, for example, the project is taught through plays or tales.

As we advance you last week from Radio Manlleu and elter.net, more than 1.800 students will participate in the project. And obviously, it will be extensive to their families. In the case of Pompeu Fabra each Tuesday at 9 a.m. the AMPA of the school will collect the used oil at the door of the centre. The students will carry the oil inside a container that has been given to them at the school. The container is designed within the project by students from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and is manufactured in Folgueroles. When the school reaches to accumulate a certain oil quantity, they will call for its collection. The collection will be performed by people with risk of social exclusion. The procedure will be quite similar among all the educational centres of Manlleu.

The EDUCO Project is cofounded by the European Union within the LIFE+ 2011 program. The promoter and president of the Associació d’Oli al Biodièsel, Jordi Bosch, claimed about the importance of making aware the students about the relevance of this project and assure the continuity of the habit of recycling the oil once the EDUCO finalize.

Currently, in Catalonia it is not collect enough used cooking oil and part has to be imported from other countries. Osona is the region that more oil recycles from all Catalonia. One of the aims of EDUCO is that the oil does not be poured into the sink because it contaminates the waters, and that the students and their families take consciousness that this residue can have another life.

It is not the first time that the schools of Manlleu collect the used cooking oil. EDUCO consolidates the commitment of the Xarxa d’Escoles de Manlleu per la Sostenibilitat (XEMS) with the collection of vegetal oil that began the year 2011 with the campaign “Carry me to the recycling point”. To the presentation also assisted the councilor of Environment, Maica Bassas, and the teacher Rocío de Sardi.


The children learn to recycle waste oil

Bages, Anoia, Berguedà and Solsonès take part in an educational project to manufacture biodiesel.

Nearly 25.000 students from five Catalan districts -Catalunya Central, Vallès Occidental, Vallès Oriental, Alt Penedès and Garraf- participates this course in a project focused on the collection of used cooking oil to manufacture biodiesel. This is an initiative started up by the Associació d’Oli al Biodiesel (AOB) that began with a pilot test at the schools of Santpedor (Bages). As it has detailed the president of the association, Jordi Bosch, the aim is "to explain to the students that the oil goes to a treatment plant and this represents a cost; that it is a contaminating waste; and that recycle the oil can turn into a social profit". In Catalonia 29.000 tons of used cooking oil are poured annually into the sink.

The managers of the Associació d’Oli al Biodièsel have presented this Tuesday in Manresa the Educo project, after signing with the local government a collaboration agreement to carry out the initiative in three educational centres of the city. As it has explained the Environment and Sustainability councilor, Jordi Serracanta, the wish of the consistory is to expand in the next years the project to the whole public and private centres of the city. It is the first agreement that the association signs with the local government.

The Educo project was approved by the LIFE+ program of the European Commission and has the aim to collect used cooking oils of the schools belonging to nine Catalan regions (Alt Penedès, Anoia, Bages, Berguedà, Garraf, Osona, Solsonès, Vallès Oriental and Vallès Occidental). The president of the association, Jordi Bosch, has explained that this course will participates a total of 25.000 students, although the objective is to achieve an approximate total of 120 schools and 50.000 students of primary and secondary education.

According to Bosch, the project has an educational part with the aim to explain to the students through different workshops that "the oil is a residue that ends into a treatment plant and all this represents a cost and, besides, it is a contaminating waste". On the other hand, Bosch has explained that the collection of oil allows create working places to people with risk of social exclusion. According to Bosch, each 10.000 liters of collected oil "means a consolidated working place".

Associació d’Oli al Biodièsel calculates that in Catalonia 29.000 tons of oil is poured annually into the sink and this could mean the production of about 25.000 tons of biodiesel. On the other hand, Bosch has lay on the table that "a lot of biodiesel producers from the country have to use cooking oil coming from the outsides of Catalonia and this generates another problem". For this reason, has said, he suggested the idea to involve the schools in the collection used cooking oil.

The project coordinator at the schools, Mariví Ciriano, has detailed that they organize workshops adapted to the school centres "to explain the contamination power of the oil and how can elaborate fuel, as well as also the profits of the biofuels".

The promoters have designed a container where the students introduce the used cooking oil at their homes and once full they bring it to the school. Ciriano has explained that when a centre accumulates a total of one hundred containers they request for their collection to the association. In this way, the technicians from the entity are the responsible of the containers collection at the schools and also of the transport to the treatment plant to manufacture the biodiesel.

"What we want to achieve not to convert the school into a recycling point, but that the school creates a habit to the families", has pointed out Ciriano. For her, "if you facilitate to the families a simple way to recycle and a place where the children go every day, they take the habit to not through away a residue and to perform a correct management of the waste". The association ensures that "in four months we collect more used cooking oil from a school that in all year from a recycling point".

Manresa joins to the project

The Manresa council has been the first in signing an agreement with the Associació d’Oli al Biodièsel to go ahead with the project and involve the city. In this way, during this course the Ave Maria school, the Bages school and the Lluís  Peguera Institute will participate in this initiative that, in the city, have been designated 'Educo-oil'. The Environment and Sustainability councilor, Jordi Serracanta, has explained that at half-term the aim is to extend the project to other educational centres of the city.

According to Serracanta, the project wants to have a "direct return" in the schools, in this sense the results from all actions will be explained to the students,  what quantity of oil have been collected, how much CO2 has not been emitted, how many money has not been spent in the treatment plant, among others. For him, it is important to involve the students and their families "to give a second life to the used cooking oil and to reduce the environmental footprint".


EDUCO session on the 4th of December in Barcelona

EDUCO session aiming to exchange experiences and ideas as well as identifying opportunities for further collaboration will be celebrated on the 4th of December 2014. This session will take place in Edifici Vèrtex of UPC (Campus Diagonal Nord - Pl. Eusebi Güell, 6 - 08034 Barcelona).

Please download here the programme of the session:

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The EDUCO project begins

The Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic will lead the project LIFE+: “Collection system of used cooking oils in educative centers and biodiesel production Tests with cavitation technology (EDUCO)”

 

The Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic will lead the EDUCO project that will have a duration of 2,5 years and a total budget of 1.485.526 €. The project, that has been approved by the LIFE+ Program of the European Commission in the call 2011, will count with the participation of  Associació d'Oli al Biodièsel (AOB)), Inèdit Innovation S.L., Green Hel 2012, SL and New CET Green, SCCL.

 

The main objective of the EDUCO project is to design and build a pilot plant for the treatment of the waste cooking oils that will be collect to be used later in a pilot plant for the production of biodiesel by means of cavitation technology. This pilot plant, which belongs to one of the project partners, has been designed to produce biodiesel from vegetal oils, and will be adapted and optimized during this project to allow the use of residual oils as a raw material.

 

The residual oils will be collected at schools of nine Catalan districts, in which the concepts of recycling of waste and production of renewable energies will merge with educational and social values. The use of the produced biodiesel by the vehicles that will collect and transport the residual oils from the schools to the pilot plant will guarantee the sustainability of the project and the system in general.

 

During the pilot phase of the project, it is estimated the participation of 25-30 municipalities of Catalonia with the approximated total of 90-120 schools and 40.000-52.000 students from primary and secondary involved.     

 

The project implies an important contribution to the implementation of political and European legislations related to waste management, to the production and consumption of renewable energies and to the reduction of the CO2 emissions. Besides, it should be pointed out that the project will bring the creation of different working places in Special Work Centres.        

 

The past October 9th 2012 took place at the Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic, in Manresa, the kick-off meeting of the EDUCO project with the participation of all their partners. During this meeting were presented the aims of the project as well as the different technical actions to be carried out by the consortium of the project.