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Researchers produce bio-diesel fuel from peanuts

January 18, 2008

Dawson -- Researchers at the National Peanut Lab in Dawson are making bio-diesel fuel from peanuts, and will run their tractors on their research farms with the alternative energy.

 They say it's proof that South Georgia farmers can do the same thing, becoming energy self sufficient. The U.S.D.A. Scientists set up this peanut distillery at their lab, and began making the bio-diesel this month.

They take peanuts like these, and crush them into smaller pieces, then feed them into an expeller where the peanut oil is crushed out of the nuts.  Diesel engines could run off the peanut oil, but researchers are mixing it with petroleum products for the best bio-diesel mixture. 

Researchers say they want to be able to show farmers the best way they can make their own fuel. Research Agronomist Dr. Wilson Faircloth said "no we control the cost of fuel by the way we grow the peanuts and the investment we put in the crop. Also it helps the rural economy, because it keeping the money here."

 Researchers are producing 200 gallons of peanut oil a week now in their bio-diesel distillery.

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