Citrus Fruits - Fueling Our Future
Vincent Wong
Prince of Wales Secondary
Floor Location : J 214 E

Plenty of non sustainable fossil resource carbon are being emitted into the atmosphere every day. The search is on for alternatives resources to replace fossil fuels. Electric cars are already taking off. However, this technology won’t fly for commercial airplanes until batteries become much lighter and compact– but renewable jet fuels might work. Finding a sustainable fuel source that can substitute for fossil fuels will fix many of the environmental problems the world faces today. This may include global climate change, air pollution, and oil spills. Limonene found in citrus fruits is surely a potential renewable fuel resource. Limonene is a scented but colourless liquid hydrocarbon found in citrus fruit peels. It is a chemical compound responsible for the distinctive scent that hits you when you peel any citrus fruit. For my science fair project, I hoped to find which citrus fruit contains the most potential renewable bio fuel. Between lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits, lemons contain the most limonene. This finding will let scientists know which citrus fruit genes contain the most limonene hydrocarbon therefore can be created into the most potential bio fuels. Creating an alternative for burning fossil fuels would reduce about 21.3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year. Discovering a sustainable aviation fuel would be a huge step for our society. My goal is to spread awareness to our community about supporting renewable fuel solutions thus we all can move towards a sustainable future for generations to come.