Cheaper Veggie Diesel May Change the Way We Drive

Japanese scientists may have found a cheaper and more efficient way to produce “biodiesel.” The renewable, vegetable oil-based fuel can be used in conventional diesel engines, which are found in about 2 percent of cars currently sold in the U.S. and in about 40 percent in Europe.

The breakthrough could be just in time—industry experts say that demand for the cleaner, greener fuel is on the rise.

Any vegetable oil can become fuel, but not until its fatty acids are converted to chemical compounds known as esters. Currently the acids used to convert the fatty acids are prohibitively expensive. (National Geographic)

Farmann kommentar:
Gjennombrudd innen energi teknologi kan komme og dette kan påvirke energipriser (les olje) vesentlig. Vi tror ikke biodisel vil kunne konkurrere med olje og gass. Men siden trusselen finnes er det riktig av Norge å produsere så mye olje som mulig nå mens verden hungrer etter den.

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