Biodiesel May Benefit Missouri

1 decade 2 years 5 months ago Wednesday, March 14 2007 Mar 14, 2007 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 9:28:31 PM CDT March 14, 2007 in News

"We don't use it in the winter because of some winter operability problems we've had," MoDOT biodiesel user, David Dewitt, said. "We don't really have the confidence that the biodiesel is mixed well enough."

Right now, MoDOT uses biodiesel in the summer because in the winter it sometimes gels up. They hope that further research will solve this problem, so they can use it year round.

Missouri is a leading researcher in soybean biotechnology.

The state produces about 5 million acres of soybeans each year.

Researchers at MU are working to create a soybean that contains more oil which is used in biodiesel production and less of its bi-product, soybean meal.

"You know they are basically dealing with other issues," Henry Nguyen, Director of Soybean Research, said. "You know, in other words, how do we get more of the industry? Commercial vehicle, so far so on, that will be using the biodiesel."

Biodiesel is sold three ways: in 2 percent, 5 percent, and 20 percent biodiesel.

MoDOT uses B-20 biodiesel 7 months out of the year, but a proposed legislation would force a 5 percent standard on all Missouri fuel.

"It improves air quality, it reduces wear on your engine, as well as reducing our dependency on foreign oil," Dale Ludwig, Director and CEO of Missouri Soybean Associates, said.

The process may sound new, but it's really just refining a familiar kitchen product.

"We're actually taking the vegetable oil, that you use if you were frying French fries, for example, that's most of the time vegetable oil that's made out of soybeans, it's that exact same product that we're using to make biodiesel," Terry McClatchey, AGP marketing manager, said.

The plant being built in St. Joe will produce about 55 million gallons a year.

The process isn't cheap, but the state is willing to invest in the technology.

It's an investment they hope pays off in the long term for Missouri. 

The largest biodiesel plant in the state is in Mexico.

They refused to comment for our story, saying it was not in their best business interest.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Governor Mike Parson issued a proclamation Wednesday ordering the state legislature to convene in a special session. ... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:44:00 PM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
FULTON, Mo. - Fulton Police Department said it arrested a man attempting to flee a scene involving firearms. Authorities... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 8:05:00 AM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
School is starting back up again, but reading might not be the first thing on a child’s mind. A workshop... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:50:00 AM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The man who allegedly killed a woman who has been missing since 2006 arrived in Boone County Tuesday... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 9:28:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
CAMDENTON - One person has minor burns after a fire Tuesday evening at an auto shop in Camdenton. According... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 9:07:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Businesses who are applying for their medical marijuana licenses in Columbia are one step closer after Monday night's... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 6:40:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
MID-MISSOURI - Finding the perfect parking spot can be a hassle, but it can be even more difficult if you... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 6:30:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Construction crews are continuing to work on both Jefferson City public high schools in preparation for classes... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 5:45:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
VIENNA - Multiple suspects are currently being questioned after officials said someone intentionally started the house fire leading to an... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 3:59:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The FEMA recovery center for Cole County closed its doors Tuesday. The center helped hundreds of... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 3:51:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — State officials say an improving economy is one of several factors that led to close to... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 3:39:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - An increased focus on climate change from legislature and activists has prompted utilities providers to implement renewable energies... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 2:09:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- A group of Missouri protesters are taking a stand against self-driving trucks in the state. Over 29... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 1:47:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Cole County judge issued a restraining order Monday against Senate Bill 391, regarding regulation of concentrated... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 1:25:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS — Major League Soccer has awarded the next expansion franchise to St. Louis, where a new downtown stadium... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 12:33:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY — A former teacher at a Catholic school in Kansas City alleges in a lawsuit that she was... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 10:15:00 AM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Cole County FEMA Disaster Relief Center in Jefferson City is wrapping up operations on Tuesday, but... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 3:04:00 AM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Department of Health and Senior Services received over 2,100 medical marijuana facility applications by the deadline.... More >>
1 day ago Monday, August 19 2019 Aug 19, 2019 Monday, August 19, 2019 7:37:00 PM CDT August 19, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 82°
2pm 84°
3pm 86°
4pm 84°
5pm 84°