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Grand Challenge 12: Carbon Sequestration

Novel construction materials and construction methods that are designed for sustainability and environmental and energyuse considerations will be part of the solution of America's aging and failing infrastructure.


Carbon Neutral Biofuels

Carbon Neutral Biofuels

Mechanical engineering professor Robert Cattolica is leading a team of university and industry experts building a prototype that will use a thermochemical process to convert non-food biomass into alcohols that can be used as a carbon neutral additive for gasoline and other transportation fuels.

 

 

 

 

Engineering Flower Power

Engineering Flower Power

This fall, a shuttle bus powered by biodiesel made its debut on the UC San Diego campus. The bus, called the Greenline, operates between the UC San Diego Hillcrest Medical Center and the main La Jolla campus. Caterpillar, Inc. has donated a new 2007 diesel engine that will be placed into the Greenline and will run as is with biodiesel. The Greenline is the result of an interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty and students from engineering, chemistry and economics. The group, along with Caterpillar researchers, will be studying the impact of biodiesel on engine durability, how biodiesel interacts with the engine oil, and the composition of particulate matter from shuttle bus emissions.