Dried Malunggay (Moringa Oleifera) Leaves in Ethanol Production

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DRIED MALUNGGAY (Moringa oleifera) LEAVES
IN ETHANOL PRODUCTION

A Research Proposal
Presented to
Carmona National High School
Special Science Curriculum

In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for
Research I

Proponents:
Catangay, Jhantal A.
Gicana, Emchie Elaine R.
Marasigan, Jan Ian B.
Natividad, Abigail Jacinthe B.
Viaje, Kyrinne Kate M.
Zara, Hazel Jane Muriel C.

March 2012

CHAPTER 1

THE PROBLEM AND ITS BACKGROUND

We all know that ethanol or ethyl alcohol has a very good contribution to our life. Ethyl alcohol is an important industrial chemical. It is used as a solvent, in the synthesis of other organic chemicals, and as an additive to automotive gasoline (forming a mixture known as a gasohol). Ethyl alcohol is also the intoxicating ingredient of many alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, and distilled spirits (Britannica Encyclopedia).

Here in the Philippines, ethanol distributors use sugarcane, corn, cassava and jatropha as their main source of ethyl alcohol. However, in the year 2011, a big problem has emerged in the production of ethanol. There is a lack of irrigated lands that caused the difficulty in ethanol production.

Because of the statement mentioned above, the researchers will conduct a study about Dried Malunggay (Moringa oleifera) Leaves in Ethanol Production. Since malunggay (Moringa oleifera) leaves are scientifically proven as a good antibacterial, antiseptic and disinfectant and have components that are important in ethyl alcohol production, then it is possible to make ethyl alcohol out of malunggay (Moringa oleifera).

STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

This study aims to determine the potential of malunggay (Moringa oleifera) leaves to produce alcohol. Specifically, it aims to answer the following questions: 1. What is the potential of dried malunggay (Moringa oleifera) leaves in the production of ethanol based on: a. Odor

b. Percent of alcohol produced by 100ml output
c. Flammability
2. Is there a significant difference on the alcohol produced if: a. 50 grams of dried malunggay (Moringa oleifera) leaves. b. 100 grams of dried malunggay (Moringa oleifera) leaves. c. 200 grams of dried malunggay (Moringa oleifera) leaves. 3. What is the cost of production of malunggay (Moringa oleifera) alcohol?

HYPOTHESES

1. Malunggay dried (Moringa oleifera) leaves has no potential in the production of ethanol based on its odor, percent of alcohol produced by 100 ml extract and flammability. 2. There is no significant difference on the alcohol produced if 50, 100 and 200 grams of dried malunggay (Moringa oleifera) leaves. 3. The cost of production of malunggay (Moringa oleifera) alcohol is the same as what is on the market.

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY

The study of Dried Malunggay (Moringa oleifera) Leaves in Ethanol Production will benefit the following: Government:
The study will contribute to the economy and to the latest problem of our government on ethanol production. Malunggay (Moringa oleifera) leaves are not intended only for ethyl alcohol, but sources of biofuel as well, for ethanol is known as a good source of biofuel in the country. And by means of this study, ethanol distributors will not have a fuss about ethanol source because malunggay (Moringa oleifera) can be planted easily.

People in the Municipality of Carmona:
Ethanol production can be a source of livelihood to many families in Carmona, Cavite. Since malunggay (Moringa oleifera) is abundant and can be easily found in Carmona, it is easier to make a livelihood project in ethanol production. And with the help of the government officials in Carmona, it can be well funded and progression to the town will be likely to occur. Other researchers:

The study will also benefit future researchers that may encounter this topic related to their study. With the study, researchers can make other...
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