April 7, 2014 (Sugar Grove, Ill.) – Producers Chemical Company recently donated methanol to aid in a project that has helped a group from Shepard High School become finalists in a national contest. The Crestwood, Illinois school participated in a solar biodiesel project in partnership with the Crestwood Public Works. If the group is chosen as contest winners they will travel to the White House.
The project, led by teacher Brian Sievers, was to construct a solar powered biodiesel converter to provide biodiesel to the community of Crestwood. The project was constructed at the Crestwood Public Works Center. The goal of the project was to convert used cooking oil into vehicle-friendly biodiesel. The project was completely solar powered, using the sun’s energy to heat the oil. The team’s intention was to leave as small of a carbon footprint as possible. Producers Chemical donated methanol and potassium hydroxide to help with the project.
Sievers entered the project into the national contest: Siemens We Can Change the World High School Challenge. The project has been chosen as a finalist, and the winners will be announced later this month.
"This is a unique and exciting project and Producers was excited to help by donating some of the materials needed," said Roger Harris, President, Producers Chemical. "We believe it's a valuable lesson they're teaching their students, and are proud to support this project. We congratulate Mr. Sievers and the students from Shepard on being finalists in the Siemens Challenge."
The project has also gained local news coverage including:CBS News Video