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CWSF 2012 - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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My name is Christoph Vetter and I am currently enrolled at Richmond Academy in Louisdale, Nova Scotia. I have a strong passion for hands on work, biology and the environment. I feel that it is our responsibility to preserve nature and reduce consumer waste output. One of the most prevalent types of waste products that I see locally are petroleum-based. Through research, I discovered that companies in China are using pyrolysis to produce a furnace oil alternative. It all seemed very appealing to my desire of engaging in a hands on project that required constructing my own unique mechanism to produce TPO and to then see how this oil would compare with normal furnace oil in terms of combustion potential. The project required commitment, but it was really neat to see the mechanism evolve through parts gathered from the local junkyard. Seeing your own theoretical visualizations come to life as you put parts together piece by piece is a great learning experience and I strongly recommend for anyone who has a passion for engaging in a project which they will have fun completing to enter the science fair, as hands on research is the best way to learn.

Christoph Vetter

Can Tires Provide an Alternative to Furnace Oil?
City:Grand River, NS
School:Richmond Academy
Abstract:My project involves the development of a device to produce tire pyrolysis oil (TPO) by recycling scrap tires and used motor oil. The research and development of my apparatus provides insight into how TPO production and usage would be useful as a furnace oil alternative and environmentally friendly in that it recycles petroleum based waste.

Awards Value
S.M. Blair Family Foundation Award
Sponsor: S.M. Blair Family Foundation
$1 000.00
Excellence Award - Senior
Gold Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
$1 500.00
Dalhousie University Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship
Senior Gold Medallist - $5000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Science
$5 000.00
UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Award
Senior Gold Medallist - $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: The University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
$4 000.00
University of Manitoba Entrance Scholarship
Senior Gold Medallist - $5000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Manitoba
$5 000.00
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship
Senior Gold Medallist - $4,000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Ottawa
$4 000.00
Western University Scholarship
Gold Medallist - $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$4 000.00
Total$24 500.00