COA student to demonstrate project turning food waste to fuel

Posted June 01, 2011, at 5:34 a.m.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — A student at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor will demonstrate a process in which he will turn food wastes into fuel.

Nick Harris will demonstrate his project Wednesday to federal agriculture and college officials. He calls the project Gourmet Butanol.

Harris plans to collect food wastes from the college, local restaurants and hotels and transform them into butanol. That clean fuel will power the college’s vehicles and eventually heat most buildings in the college that are not already heated by wood pellets. Later, Harris plans to market the service to area businesses.

The U.S. Agriculture Department has given a $73,501 grant to the college’s Sustainable Business Program. It helps students like Harris develop their own business ventures.