URI begins fueling research ship with biodiesel; first step in ‘greening’ the Endeavor
Choosing to have the Endeavor run on biodisesel is just the first step in the University’s plan to transform the 185-foot vessel into the most energy-efficient and “green” research vessel in the country.The URI Foundation has established a Greening the Endeavor Fund dedicated to providing funds to continue to reduce the environmental impact of the ship’s operation. The fund will provide for more efficient lighting, galley appliances, water heaters, water makers, and other equipment, as well as for upgrading engine seals to allow for the use of progressively higher amounts of biodiesel fuel.
“It is vitally important that as we study the marine environment around the world on this great research vessel that we have the smallest environmental impact possible,” said Dennis Nixon, the associate dean for research and administration at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography. “The first step in that transformation was the policy decision to use locally-produced biodiesel fuel for the ship’s generators and main engine. We are committed to using biodiesel whenever the ship refuels in Rhode Island, and we will attempt to secure biodiesel when it refuels in distant ports as well.”