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Located near the rainforest, La Paz, Bolivia, has a large amount of waste orange peels currently being left unused that have the potential to become profitable since orange oil, an essential oil that retains the distinctive essence of the original plant, can be extracted from the peel. Essential oils, or concentrated extracts that are derived from a plantâs leaves, roots, blossoms, or other organic materials, have become integrated into society mostly as flavorings and fragrances, but can also be used in other areas such as medicine and aromatherapy. This project investigates past and current processes of essential oil extraction from orange peels, and an appropriate small scale distillation set-up was designed and built that is technologically feasible and sustainable for La Paz, Bolivia.

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Honors Thesis

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Amy R. Ciric

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Engineering-Office of the Dean


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Appropriate Technology for Extraction of Essential Oils from Orange Peels in La Paz, Bolivia