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Run your diesel truck on processed french fry oil

December 24, 2011
By Robert M. Ungerer , The Post-Journal

Two years ago I learned that my college, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University, started a research project to generate diesel fuel from vegetable oils and other plant products instead of from refined oil. I found the concept hard to believe, so I visited my college three weeks ago to learn firsthand how it is done. I met with Michael Keleher, chairman of the Department of Renewable Resources, and Jessica Bohn, the biodiesel project manager and research associate. If I had explored ''biodiesel'' online earlier I could have learned that the inventor of the diesel engine, Rudolf Diesel, in 1893, first used peanut oil as a fuel.



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