Educational resources

This is a compilation of many years of educational resources on biofuels

For more information about biofuels and sustainability courses at Central Carolina Community College check out CCCC’s web page.

CCCC provides Continuing Education courses and a two-year degree program.

Piedmont Biofuels hosts biodiesel workshops on a bi-annual basis- Check our Events for upcoming workshops.

Piedmont has been involved in a number of biodiesel education projects, nationwide. Here are a few projects that you might find of interest:

SEET/ATEEC: The Sustainable Energy Education and Training (SEET) Project is being developed by the Advanced Technology Environmental Education Center (ATEEC) and partners to help build the capacity of energy and environmental technicians to meet the challenges of energy sustainability in the 21st century workplace. Rachel and Andy from CCCC both participated in the SEET program at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colorado.

Carolina Biological- Biodiesel Lab Kits & Curriculum:

Piedmont developed this 3 lab curriculum for high school and college-level science educators. Check out this kit for a ready-to-go biodiesel production and quality lab to try in your classroom!

Craven County Schools

Craven County is located 40 miles from coastal Carteret County where over 700 acres of canola was grown in 2007.  The Craven County Schools ‘Farms to Fuels Program’ benefits the students of West Craven High School and Havelock High School, local farmers and community members with training in the development of renewable fuels using agronomics for oilseed crops such as canola as a winter cover crop.  Students in agriculture and science classes receive instruction, participate in hands-on training, visit fuel production facilities, and produce fuel to be consumed in a renovated bus and school tractor.  These activities prepare students for the 21st century green economy and workforce that will impact eastern North Carolina.  Instructors anticipate creating an interest in postsecondary training, college degrees, and other training opportunities in renewable energy fields. Piedmont’s Design-Build team constructed the training facility for Craven County.

Washington High School

Students in Agricultural and Chemistry courses at Washington High School in Beaufort County are producing biodiesel fuel from waste vegetable oil collected from school cafeterias and local restaurants.  A 23’ wheelchair-accessible school bus has been outfitted as a mobile classroom for biodiesel production.  Student-produced fuel will power several tractors used by the athletic department as well as a local-use activity bus.  The hands-on program includes coursework and field trips to renewable fuel production facilities and a public information component that will teach Beaufort County students, parents, and community members about the environmental and economic benefits of renewable fuels. Piedmont’s Design-Build team also constructed the mobile classroom for Washington.

Introduction to Biofuels


Vegetable Oil as Alternative Fuel
Sound far-fetched? A man named Rudolf Diesel was doing exactly this over one hundred years ago. Find out how to make your own biodiesel fuel or convert your diesel vehicle to drive around on a clean, renewable alternative to expensive, highly toxic petroleum. This course will examine the historical precedent of using vegetable oil based fuels, the rise in popularity and dependence on petroleum, delve into the mechanics of diesel engines and vegetable oil fuel systems, explore the chemistry of biodiesel and the related technology, and discuss the environmental, social, economic, and political implications of using vegetable oil or biodiesel as alternative fuels. In the final third of the course students will work on group projects. This innovative program is the first of its kind in North Carolina and is a new learning experience for those committed to a sustainable future. Learn from experienced instructors. Classroom knowledge is supported by hands-on know-how to nurture local sustainable initiatives.

Download our Biofuels Curriculum! It’s here for your knowledge–open-source biofuels educational material. Leif and Rachel developed this 16-week course over a period of three years.

Energy Balance

NOx Emissions

Feasibility Studies

Technical & Safety

Lifecycle Analysis


Political & Legal

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