NC Students Research Renewable Energy In The Triad

Greensboro, N.C. -- Here's a phrase you don't hear everyday: Biodiesel Transesterification Reaction. BTR is just one part of the several concepts students attending the CERET (Career Education in Renewable Energy Technology) Summer Biofuels Academy learn during the week long camp.

Only twenty North Carolina middle, high school and two-year college science students were accepted into the program that runs June 23-27, 2014 at Dudley High School in Greensboro.

A small group of the students joined WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain on the Good Morning Show to talk about their experiments and futures in the area of science, technology, engineering and math.

Ricky Lewis, an Instructor of Automotive Technology at James B. Dudley High School is hosting this unique academy for the first year on behalf of Guilford County Schools.

"The academy covers the fundamentals of biofuels with an emphasis on fuel production, quality control, engine performance and vehicle emissions," said Lewis. "These are the kids that will be working at Thomas Built Buses or Honda," he added.

In four short days, the science scholars will learn or cover the following topics:

How to operate a pilot scale biofuel reactor

How biofuels can be used in various types of engines and equipment

Perform biodiesel transesterification reaction

Perform ethanol distillation processes

Perform fuel QA/QC tests

Operate engines and measure emissions resulting from biofuel combustion.

Biodiesel and renewable energy are growing fields with good earning potential and employment options.

"The young kids who are doing this research are the ones who will make some real nice discoveries for the industry," said Lewis.

Funding through the National Science Foundation allows CERET to provide teachers with stipends to offset the costs of tuition, travel, room and board for the class.

To learn more about CERET, click here.


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