Lúc is in The Nether­lands to show award win­ning project

Bray People - - NEWS -

LÚC de Barra from Wick­low Town and a pupil of Colaiste Raithin in Bray is in Utrecht, The Nether­lands this week, show­ing his sci­en­tific work at a pres­ti­gious ex­hi­bi­tion.

Lúc was one of the win­ners at last year’s Dublin Scifest and he in­ves­ti­gated the po­ten­tial of na­tive Scots pine nee­dles as a vi­able biodiesel feed­stock.

On the ba­sis of his back­ground re­search, he hy­poth­e­sised that pine nee­dle oil had sig­nif­i­cant un­tapped po­ten­tial in biode­sel pro­duc­tion.

He ac­quired a large quan­tity of pine nee­dles and ex­tracted their oil. He then car­ried out a se­ries of ex­per­i­ments on the oil and com­pared its prop­er­ties with diesel and rape­seed biodiesel.

While the re­sults did not sup­port his hy- poth­e­sis, Lúc be­lieves that his work has added sig­nif­i­cantly to sci­en­tific knowl­edge in this area.

He ex­plained that the event in Ul­trecht is sim­i­lar to the Young Sci­en­tist set-up, with two days of ex­hibit­ing be­fore an awards cer­e­mony on Thurs­day.

He said that he has been look­ing at the other projects with great in­ter­est, and there has been a lot of in­ter­est in his own work. There are young peo­ple there from all over the world.

His brother James ac­com­pa­nied him to the event, along with a su­per­vi­sor.

The sixth year pupil has promised to get in touch fol­low­ing the awards cer­e­mony to let us know how he does.

Lúc de Barra.

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