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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
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Friday, October 21, 2005
Posted 6:10 PM by Luigi
Coconut oil used as fuel
Fiji Times, October 22, 2005
A Fiji student and a Samoan colleague at the University of Auckland are making a name for themselves following the success of a project to use coconut oil as a replacement fuel in diesel engines.
The project is Penaia Rogoimuri and Dominic Schwalger's final assessment in the mechanical engineering program at the university.
Mr Rogoimuri said after the research they found coconut oil had been used successfully as fuel for diesel engines in some parts of Fiji and neighbouring countries.
Mr Rogoimuri said they were told by their supervisor of the unavailability of coconut oil in New Zealand and informed him it was processed in Fiji by Punja and Sons Limited and sold in dairy and supermarkets in Auckland.
He said they wanted to take advantage of a source of fuel that "is essentially in our backyards and do something to help our people back in the islands".
"To prove diesel engines will effectively run with coconut oil as a fuel and that emissions were less than those run on diesel."
He said they tested their findings and the exhaust emission characteristics of coconut oil and coconut oil/diesel blends versus straight diesel in their test engine in the thermodynamics lab in Auckland University's Mechanical Engineering department.
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