Gallery Installation - Mobile Biodiesel Collection System & Processor

Friesel - "Four Projects" , Richard L. Nelson Gallery, University of California
March 31st - May 22nd, 2005 • Curated by Renny Pritikin •

The latest in Wowhaus' series of portable, interventionist structures that engage community, Friesel (a contraction of "free" and "diesel") is a project using human-scale technology and local resources to create free diesel. Conceived as a domestic scale, affordable technology, the system is designed to produce a minimum of 15 gallons of clean-burning biodiesel fuel per week.

For this project, the gallery became a locus for community engagement: Wowhaus collaborated with staff at Sodexho USA, the food service provider at the university who donated used vegetable oil from their fryers. Approximately 50 gallons of used vegetable oil are produced monthly on the UC Davis campus alone; similar food service operations exist at institutions across the country.

A "Friesel" Logo and color pallete were created: the colors are used to signify unprocessed oil (lavender) and processed oil (aqua) in the bicycle transport system. Similar industry color coding already exists for gasoline (red) and diesel (yellow).

Used vegetable oil was reclaimed from UC Davis Food Services fryers. Approximately 50 gallons of used vegetable oil is generated monthly.

Bicycles are a common means of transport at UC Davis; Friesel's bicycle transport system dovetails with this existing community infrastructure. The UC Davis Student Farm already has a tractor that runs on biodiesel. Large-scale biodiesel production would have the greatest environmental impact in the industrial sector since a vast amount of pollution is generated by industrial diesel vehicles.

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