Replaced Oil With Bioheat
INITIATIVE NAME Replaced Oil With Bioheat
UNIVERSITY Wesleyan University
TAGS energy | oil
CONTACT Jennifer Kleindienst <jkleindienst@wesleyan.edu>
WEBSITES www.wesleyan.edu/sustainability/energy/initiatives.html




SUMMARY

In Fall 2013, Wesleyan began purchasing B20 bioheat (80% #2 oil, 20% recycled cooking oil) from Portland-based Hale Hill Biofuels for campus buildings run on oil. 



IMPACT

Bioheat has replaced nearly all Wesleyan's oil purchases and has reduced GHG emissions by 200 tons annually.



MISTAKES & LESSONS LEARNED

If you want to switch to bioheat, know that you can't go much above B20 without damaging existing boilers.  In cold temperatures, if it's above 20% cooking oil, it can congeal.  Look into the source of your bioheat, since some are from virgin oils and not used cooking oil.



FUTURE PLANS

We'd like to pilot a building with B100 (100% waste cooking oil).