By Lane Urick
July 1, 2016
Lane Urick in Santa Barbara, CA
I have recently attended the Chemical Life Cycle Collaborative (CLiCC) workshop in Santa Barbara, California. I was sent to the workshop to improve my life cycle analysis (LCA) skills because I have been working on the LCA Assessment of our clean diesel and aviation gas additive. The campus there was beautiful and the people were very welcoming, as well as intellectual and resourceful.
At the CLiCC workshop I learned many helpful skills to do LCA. They taught me how to use the computer programs like Matlab, which is program variable system that allows you to run thousands of variables correlating together to find similarities. I also learned to use RandomTree, which helps record data more accurately through systems of constraints and algorithms using hundreds of pages of data to find the most efficient conclusions. They also taught me how to organize the structure of systems to make the most beneficial LCA.
I didn’t just learn, however. I also got to enjoy the life in Santa Barbra like the aquatic petting zoo where I got to pet a shark and bowling at ZODO’s with the people at the seminar. The workshop was heavily based on chemicals and the impacts of them on the earth, but that’s because their funded by the Environmental Protection Agency to do so. All in all a learned multitudes of information in two days and enjoyed everything I got to take home from the CLiCC workshop.
A life cycle analysis assessment is a technique used by many environmental engineers to analyze the environmental impacts of a product’s life from “cradle to grave”. In the case of the Center, ours looks at a camelina-derived aviation gasoline additive from the farm all the way to the piston-driven plane.