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Merrimack High School
Merrimack, N.H.
Solar-powered Biodiesel Processor

  • Driven by a mission "to raise awareness and use of carbon-neutral alternative fuels," the InvenTeam designed a 500-mL processor operated by a 12-volt battery.

  • The InvenTeam has been testing the biodiesel in an old Air Force bus that it secured from Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, Mo., with the help of teacher Ray Sleeper.

  • Since the InvenTeam's presentation at the Odyssey in June 2007, the students have increased the biodiesel concentration from 30 to 50 percent, with an aim of using 100 percent biodiesel.

  • The InvenTeam has continued to work on its design to charge the batteries of the processor with a solar array.

  • Also known as the Merrimack Biodiesel Crew, the InvenTeam's motto is: "Saving the Globe One French Fry at a Time." View the InvenTeam's promotion for the "Innovate or Die" contest.