Thursday, July 30, 2009


Sorry I forgot to update about Tuesday!

On Tuesday we all worked on our personal projects individualy!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Schedules for both Orlando conferences

Farm to Fuel Conference - THIS THURSDAY!

Department of Environmental Protection - NEXT TUEDSDAY!

Public Meeting on Florida’s New 75% Recycling Goal
Orlando City Hall, Council Chambers
400 South Orange Avenue
August 4, 2009
1:00pm – 5:00pm
The purpose of this meeting is to solicit feedback regarding DEP’s preliminary recommendations for implementing the 75% statewide recycling goal. Those recommendations will be available for public review no later than July 21 via the web site at the bottom of this page.
1:00pm Welcome and Introductions
Mary Jean Yon, Director, DEP Division of Waste Management
1:15pm Overview of DEP’s Preliminary Recommendations
Ron Henricks, DEP Recycling Program
1:45pm Public Comments and Open Discussion - on issues related to the above presentation and any other aspects of the new recycling goal statute (which is printed on the other side of this agenda)
5:00pm Adjourn meeting

Attendees who wish to speak will be asked to fill out a speaker card showing name and affiliation. Attendees and other interested parties are also invited to provide comments via DEP’s web forum at
Florida Department of
Environmental Protection
Bob Martinez Center 2600 Blair Stone Road Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
Charlie Crist
Jeff Kottkamp Lt. Governor
Michael W. Sole

Friday, July 24, 2009


Toured UF's Biofuel facility
Taylor finished filling pots for Ryan's "Urban Pot Garden"
Lowe's trip for supplies!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Activities: Wednesday 7/22/09

  • Interns worked on weeding energy and algae gardens
  • Also worked on their individual projects.
-Divik Schueller-

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

DEP 75% recylcing goal public meeting

This is the agenda for the DEP 75% recycling goal public meeting on August 4th. Look it over and let me know who would like to go.


Farm to Fuel Agenda

Here is a link to the 2009 Farm to Fuel Agenda. Take a look at it before we head down there next week.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tuesday July 21st

Today we worked on individual projects until 1:50 pm when we left for the Landfill field trip.
At the Landfill we were met by Ron Bishop and he gave us a tour of the closed facility.
We were able to go atop the "hill" itself and had an explanation on how the landfill is lined from the top and bottom and how they capture the gas through a slit between the two liners. The also have water pump system on the top and bottom of the garbage pile. The top of the garbage is where they pump in the water and the bottom to collect the water that they then seperate into concentrate (that will be re-pumped into the garbage) and a water that is high in ammonia that they are going to pump on top of the hill itself.
Ron Bishop also showed us where they burn off the methane.

At the end of the day we did a bit more work on our individual projects and discussed field trips that are posted on the calendar. We decided that we will postpone our individual project presentations until we have done more work on them.



Monday 07/21

Worked on individual projects until around 2, when we left for Deer Haven coal plant.
The tour began with a discussion on the plant's operations, including
  • how the plant uses different units to meet the cities energy needs
  • the difference between seasonal peak hours
  • how the plant uses different units to efficiently cover these needs
  • how the plant is using the feed in tariff to supplement additional energy needs of a growing population
  • a detailed explanation of how coal is used to run steam turbines to make energy, then how the byproducts are cleaned up to emit minimal emissions.
  • there were also talks of the plans for the biomass plant to be constructed and what part GRU will play in it's future

Afterwards we watched a video about the plant, and then toured the plant

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Thursday 7/16

  • Today, before I came, Scott (?) came and talked to the interns about solar panels. (one of you guys could fill this in more if it's important)
  • Ryan talked to us about the types of digesters out there, as well as some terminology dealing with digesters
  • We had a discussion about our individual projects, bouncing ideas off one another
  • Talked to Dr. Wilkie about starting an innoculum business, and "poop pills"
  • Decided our papers would be due monday, to give the books more time to be comprehended

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Activities: Wednesday 7/15/09

  • Dr. Wilkie talked to the interns about future field trips and other activities for the rest of the summer B term
  • Interns did individual work
Divik finished deweeding sugarcane and canola rows in the energy garden
Taylor worked on the plastic digestor
Christa and Danielle worked on their projects
Eric and Lanie did technical work in the machine shop
  • Later all interns came in and introduced themselves to Gabriel Espanosa, a former intern
  • Then everybody did their individual project introduction presentations
Lanie on "Algae Cell Splitting"
Divik on "Florida Renewable Energy Governmental Policy: State Level"
Eric on "Designing A Hot Water Solar Collector For Developing Nations"
Daniele on "The Flour Pot Bakery"
Taylor on "Anaerobic Digestor Designs"
Christa on "Digestion of The Glycerin From The Production of Biodiesel"

Divik Schueller


Worked on individual projects, heard Ryan's lecture on anaerobic digestion where we learned about the four steps occurring within the digester.

Monday - 07/13

Today we worked on our individual projects and crop assignments
Ryan gave a presentation on general information about anaerobic digestion, followed by discussion

Friday, July 10, 2009

Friday 7/10/09

Today I gave my presentation on my adopted crop Jatropha. (after some issues with the projector)
Carolina came and gave us a presentation on the Soil Fertility - the N cycle, K cycle, and P cycle.


Thursday, July 9, 2009

European Anaerobic Digestion Network

Hey guys,

Here's a link to the European Anaerobic Digestion Network. They have some good information on what's going on in Europe with biogas and biogas in general. It's a good intro to the presentations I'll be giving.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Southeastern Livestock Pavillion


Activities: Wednesday July 7, 2009

  • Divik finished weeding the sugarcane and weeded part of the tropical cane parts of the energy garden
  • Eric helped Divik with some of the weeding
  • Divik, Eric and Ryan went to Lowes and bought connector parts for the solar thermal panels
  • Danielle, Christa and Lanie shelled peanuts which will be used to extract oil through the oil press later this week
  • Eric did some technician/ welding/ engineering based work on the press to more efficiently optimize it for food based oil extraction purposes
  • At the end of the day, Dr. Wilkie talked to all of the interns about future field trips and bioenergy school research and educational plans
By Divik Schueller

Link for Oil Press

Below is the link Dr. Wilcki gave me about our oil press. I suggest clicking on the click on the webpage that shows the oil yeilds for diffrent nuts and seeds.



Tuesday, July 7, 2009


We made biodiesel out of peanut, sunflower and used vegetable oil!

Also had time to do some weeding
Attempted to press jatropha seeds
Eric fixed up the new press
Some time also for work on individual projects

Monday 07/06

Sorry for the late post, first time I've been on a computer in a while
-Started the day off working on our crops and our individual projects
-Listened to two presentations from Scott on Biodiesel
-Discussed the pros and cons of biodiesel

FARE Conference: Saturday 7/7/09

Hello Interns,
As mentioned today, both through e-mail and verbally, there is a FARE (Florida Alliance For Renewable Energy) conference this Saturday in Largo, Florida starting at 11 A.M. In order to attend, you must be a member. To be a member, you have to pay a $25 membership fee.

If you are interested in carpooling, please contact me beforehand so I can coordinate accordingly. Don Davis (president of Capital City Bank in Gainesville, FL) plans on leaving Gainesville at 7:30 A.M. that day and will have breakfast with the carpoolers while travelling to Largo. He will leave from the Capital City Bank on the intersection of NW 8th Avenue and Newberry Road, close to the Oaks Mall.

Largo is close to St. Petersburg, so the driving time should be around 2.5-3 hours.

Below is the website address:

Divik Schueller
(352) 281-9037

Wednesday, July 1, 2009