Project Type IQP Submission date 2012-02-29 Authors Stephen Joseph Allen, sjallen13@WPI.EDU, CH Ijeoma Ezeonyebuchi, ijeomaeze@WPI.EDU, ECE Emily Stratford Johnson, emilyjohnson@WPI.EDU, BC Christopher Lealand Welsh, cwelsh_59@WPI.EDU, CM URN E-project-022912-210614 Division Energy and Resources Center WORC / Worcester Community Project Center Sponsor Empower Energy Cooperative Title Analysis of Glycerin Uses for the Empower Energy Cooperative: An outlet for growth Advisor Kasouf, Chickery J., MG Availability unrestricted
Founded by Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement (EPOCA), the Empower Energy Cooperative, a small business, sought a profitable use for glycerin, a by-product of their existing biodiesel production business. With a new source of profit, the Worcester-based cooperative aims to continue to employ ex-prisoners, a goal based on the idea that stable employment aids in lowering the recidivism rates of ex-prisoners. Many possible applications of glycerin were investigated. In order to find the one most suitable to Empower, cost/benefit and market analyses were performed, followed by prototyping of the two highest scoring products. Fire bricks and soap (bar and liquid) were the two recommended products for Empower’s future use.
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