Goodyear Tire and Rubber is working on a new technology that can help make its tires less expensive to produce and last longer and it involves something that the U.S. has plenty of – soybeans.
Ford is expanding the use of soybean oil-based foam blends to include one more part of its vehicles – headrests.
There's more that one way to green a car, and many of the most interesting technological advancements don't involve powering an internal combustion engine. Consider that much of the fabric, plastic and rubber that goes into a car's construction is derived from petroleum, and you see why alternatives are becoming increasingly attractive. Automakers have taken up corn-based plastics and soy-based seat foam, and now the latest greenery comes by way of defatted soy flour. The latter is an organic su
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According to a recent article by El Enfiteuta, soy biodiesel is alive and well in Argentina thanks to artificial hype derived from treating biodiesel and pure soy oil different fiscally. This conclusion appears in a report by the University of Buenos Aires's CESPA (an academic center focused on studies of the country's economy), which focused on the potentials of biofuels in Argentina.
After investing $1.8 million in a biodiesel plant (out of a planned investment of beween $35 and 50 million), Ormat Industries will be postponing further development in the facility. The idea had been to use "high-yield non-edible plants for biodiesel production" at the plant in the plant, but those plants aren't ready yet and soy prices haven't been kind to biodiesel producers. According to Globes Online, Ormat's statement said that the company will continue to focus on developing the the biolo
I plan on sharing some interesting bits of information that I got from some of the men behind the soy industry in general, the United Soybean Board, while I was at the SAE Congress in Detroit soon. But, one tidbit is that I was able to personally sample some automotive interior foam products made from soybean oil. There was foam destined for your seats and also some soybean oil based sound-deadening material. The products seemed fine to me, and they must be good enough for automotive use, as For
Argentina and Brazil both have large soy industries which have looked to biodiesel production in recent times to boost revenues and expand their markets. Argentina's government has enthusiastically embraced the market for soy oil based biodiesel by implementing tax and trade incentives that effectively undercut the production costs of Brazil's producers. Current estimates put Argentinean biodiesel production costs at $0.22 per litre compared to $0.50 to produce the same fuel in Brazil. The Brazi
From soy we can produce about 50 gallons of biodiesel per acre whereas peanuts can yield as much as 123 gallons on the same amount of land. So why then does the U.S. generate the majority of its biodiesel from soy? The answer lies within the value of peanut oil on the global market. It's more valuable than soy which makes the conversion to biodiesel an unattractive option.
While most people will remember castor oil as something to use as medication, it is now being considered as a feedstock for biofuels. A number of different crops are currently used to make biodiesel, but are these crops really the optimal source? The various feedstocks for biodiesel have a widely varying biodiesel yield. Soybeans are usually the main source for biodiesel, because they are plentiful worldwide and because soybean growers have been promoting the use of soy oil in biodiesel. The cos