Today, the team started the meeting with an overview of research we completed over the past week. We brainstormed a couple of ideas, and sophomore member, CJ Kaufman, brought in different oils from restaurants she visited. We noticed how different the oil of each restaurant was from each other, and brought into consideration the kind of marketing strategies we would need in order to incorporate leftover oil into our engine.
Speaking of engines, after months of waiting, we have finally received our engine! It is a Cummins model, and is quite large, almost the size of two people standing together. We took a trip to the warehouse to see our engine, and we immediately began taking it apart (like unwrapping a present as Dr. G said). We are really excited to dive into the engine and its parts.
Finally, our initial proposal for the MIT Grant is due on April 10 (Monday), so wish us luck on our acceptance!
Written by Trisha
Currently, HISD uses B5 (Diesel with 5% Biodiesel) in most of its bust fleet. Research shows that B100 (100% Biodiesel) would reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly, but as a fuel it tends to “gel” in colder temperatures and this can lead to engine malfunction. The EIHS InvenTeam is currently developing “The Slush Buster”, which would be an automated system for regulating fuel viscosity in any diesel vehicle. Our invention would facilitate the use of B100 in any climate, as the current, widespread solution is simply to reduce the blend of biodiesel if the weather gets cold. We hope that our invention can be used by buses in HISD, and eventually vehicles in all parts of the country!