Who We Are
We are the Bioenergy Project, UC San Diego. Our project began during the Fall of 2016 and our mission is to convert on campus food waste into renewable energy. We are a diverse team of undegraduate engineers and scientists whose aim is to create a biogas system that can easily be implemented into the University as a sustainable energy resource. Through creating a system that captures and purifies the methane gas produced from food waste, our biogas system will be able generate renewable energy for the University, allowing us to be a step closer to reaching zero food waste and carbon net neutrality on campus.
So What is Bioenergy?
Bioenergy is any renewable energy source produced by living organisms. For our project, we are mostly interested in biogas, a mixture of gases produced anaerobically from food waste. Biogas is an important bioenergy source due to its composition of methane gas. It is important that we try to capture and repurpose methane because although it is a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, it can also be repurposed to create fuel. Instead of food waste ending up in landfills where it decomposes to produce greenhouse gas emissions, we capture and isolate the methane to create a renewable energy source while mitigating its effect on global climate change.
Our pilot project could leave a lasting impact not only on our UCSD campus, but also on impoverished global communities. Our project can be easily replicated in different communties to provide them a clean, renewable energy source. Given our current collaboration with other teams on campus to create a comprehensive sustainable bioenergy system, there is much that we can learn to help incorporate similar community-scale bioenergy systems in other locations. Since there is both a constant supply of food waste around the world and a continuous demand for energy, this project is the next stepping stone for providing rural communities with a constant energy source and combatting antropogenic climate change.
By donating to our crowdrise, you are helping us to build our biogas system and to run experiments to improve our digestion process. Thank you for taking the time to learn about our project.
The Bioenergy Project Team