USU algae and safflower biodiesel helps blow past speed record

September 11, 2014 |

In Utah, biodiesel made from algae and safflower seeds has been used to blow past a small-engine diesel truck speed record, racing across the Bonneville Salt flats at 135 miles per hour. The fuel, created by researchers at Utah State University, “stacked up” to traditional fuels, according to one of the team’s scientists, Michael Morgan. The safflower/algae is expensive, but USU researchers believe that it is “the fuel of the future.”

Utah State has been performing research on microalgae-based biofuel for years. The Digest reported earlier this summer on some of the University’s findings.
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