Going Green

The Objective

I took three fuels and determined which one produced the most amount of heat energy and could be considered an alternative fuel to gasoline.

Methods/Materials

The fuels were diesel fuel, vegetable oil and biodiesel fuel.

I assembled a device which allowed me to record the amount of heat energy transferred to water by each fuel.

I used the heat equation for calorimetry to figure out how much heat energy was released .

The final amount was measured in joules.

Results

I found that there was a significant difference in the amount of joules produced by the three fuels.

In fact, the most heat energy was produced was in vegetable oil.

Biodiesel fuel came in second, followed by diesel fuel.

Conclusions/Discussion

Since I found that there is more heat energy produced by vegetable oil and biodiesel than diesel fuel, it supports the fact that there are viable forms of energy we can continue to research to use in our motor vehicles. There are ways to reduce our gasoline usage and Greener cars should be a goal of the future!

I took three fuels and determined which one produced the most amount of heat energy.

Science Fair Project done By Katherine J. Keller

 

 

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