International Partnership Helping to Bring Appropriate Biofuel Technology to Rural Cameroon

Jeffrey Seay, Isaac Zama, Bradley Butler

Abstract


In May 2012, a group of chemical and mechanical engineering students from the newly established [University Name] Appropriate Technology and Sustainability [Identifying Acronym] undergraduate research group embarked on a 10 day visit to Bangang Village, Cameroon in West Africa to implement a multidisciplinary engineering service-based project to develop appropriate, sustainable biodiesel and biochar technology for use by local villagers.  The participating students had worked on this design project both as part of their capstone design course in both Chemical and Mechanical Engineering and as part of a special elective that included an embedded study abroad component.  Poverty and rapid population growth have led to the accelerated destruction of natural resources throughout the developing world, particularly West Africa.  The purpose of this project was not only to introduce students to the concepts of sustainability, service based learning and appropriate technology, but to get them beyond the textbooks and laboratories and solve real problems that impact real people around the world.

Keywords


Appropriate technology, biochar, biodiesel, sustainability

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