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SOYDIESEL PICKUP PURCHASED

 SOYDIESEL PICKUP PURCHASED
 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ohio Soybean Council has


purchased a 1992 Ford XLT 3/4 ton pickup to test and demonstrate fuel made from soybean oil, SoyDiesel. The pickup was funded by soybean farmers through their investment in the new nationwide soybean checkoff. The goal of the SoyDiesel pickup project is to develop new markets for the fuel such as mass transit and enclosed areas that suffer from the effects of air pollution. SoyDiesel has been shown to reduce harmful emissions by as much as 70 percent.
 The tan and brown pickup will run on a blend of SoyDiesel and standard petroleum diesel, with no modifications. The blend is 50 percent SoyDiesel and 50 percent premium No. 2 petroleum diesel. Performance, such as mileage and horse power, have been unchanged. Diesel engines can run on SoyDiesel with no modifications. Current tests show the same engine lubricating qualities as diesel. SoyDiesel's gel-point is just higher than No. 2 diesel, at 30 degrees.
 The difference is drastically reduced emissions of pollution and the fact SoyDiesel can by manufactured from a renewable, biological resource grown in the state of Ohio.
 SoyDiesel is soybean oil with glycerine removed through esterification. Esterification involves mixing methanol with sodium hydroxide, then blending with soybean oil, and washing out the glycerine with water. The resulting products are methyl soyate and glycerine. Both are considered safe by the EPA with no restrictions on their use or disposal. The glycerine is valuable as an antifreeze and may become important as an environmentally friendly airplane de-icer or as a substitute in radiators for ethylene glycol.
 SoyDiesel is a bio-diesel, meaning it is developed from a non- petroleum oil source. Bio-diesel is defined as the esters derived from oils and fats from renewable, biological sources. To date, soybean oil is the oil of choice in the U.S. for processing. One of the benefits of using soybean oil is that it is a home-grown, renewable source. Blending of bio-diesel from various feedstocks, including other vegetable oils and beef tallow, may occur in the future.
 Bio-diesels are not new. They are popular in Europe and the use of bio-diesel is mandatory in some water recreation areas to stop fuel pollution. Mercedes-Benz warrants their heavy duty engines on bio- diesel.
 Ohio soybean producers will be working to position soybean oil as the premier source for bio-diesel in the U.S. due to its availability, lower cost, ease of use and quality of fuel obtained. The red, white and blue SoySeal will be used to designate fuels which are made with U.S. soybean oil.
 Anyone wanting more information on SoyDiesel may call or write the Ohio Soybean Council, P.O. Box 479, Columbus Ohio 43216-0479, 614-249-2492.
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 /CONTACT: Kurt Ely of the Ohio Soybean Council, 614-249-2492/ CO: Ohio Farm Bureau ST: Ohio IN: SU:


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