In pursuit of innovation, the FAPC began experimentation after Lamco Recycling of Tulsa, Okla., expressed a need for a soda waste alternative.
This company disposes of wastes, in limited quantities, through the process of adjusting the pH of the soda waste to meet regulations of the neighboring water treatment plant.
Bellmer and a team of OSU biosystems and agricultural engineering students are working to convert soda waste to ethanol.
"The objective of this project is to determine the ease of fermentation of soda waste into ethanol with the specific goal of determining sugar conversion efficiency for popular sodas," said ASABE member Flint Holbrook, biosystems and agricultural engineering sophomore.
"Soda wastes contain carbohydrates, which have potential value for the production of ethanol." she said.