Cheese Wastes Can Fuel A Car
The escalating price of fuel makes it worthwhile for us to think of new and innovative ways of generating it from sources that have not been tapped as yet. While bio-fuel from manure, grass trimmings, and food wastes have proved to be a boon, there is a need for producing it in larger quantities. A group of engineering students from the Utah State university have addressed the problem now by coming up with bio-fuel derived from the wastes generated while manufacturing cheese.
The innovative method resulted in generating 66,000 gallons of fuel from the by products generated in a cheese manufacturing unit. Adding a particular strain of yeast helped the students to convert the sugars present in the waste products into fuel which can successfully be used to drive a car.
The fuel thus obtained was successfully used to drive a dragster which competed in the ‘Utah Salt Flats Racing Association’s 2012 World of Speed.’ The speed was calculated at 65.4 miles per hour which is an achievement in itself.
Andy McCurdy, the student biochemist involved in this project states, “the USU fuels are a renewable, low-footprint replacement for petroleum diesel and they don’t compete for food crops.” However, the process is slightly tricky and needs to be fine tuned a bit more before we can see the cheesy fuel hit the commercial market.
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