Mass-Produced Cheese Can Support the Biofuels Industry

New biodiesel fuel is made with watery waste resulting from cheese production

By on October 2nd, 2012 08:33 GMT

A team of scientists claim to have discovered a method of using watery waste resulting from producing cheese on a large scale in order to make a new type of biodiesel fuel.

Moreover, it seems that Mike Morgan, one of the researchers involved in this project, recently got behind the wheel of a vehicle powered by such a cheese-based fuel and managed to actually go for a ride.

According to this team of specialists from the Utah State University, those wishing to make biofuel from cheese watery waste need only add some microbes (yeast) in the liquid left behind once cheese producers have extracted the fats and the proteins.

Given the fact that this watery waste basically consists of sugar lactose, the microbes can act on it and turn it into oil.

The fats emerging while the microbes turn this liquid into oil are later on collected by researchers and turned into biofuel.

Preliminary estimates indicate that the watery waste coming from just one large-scale cheese factory could help produce 66,000 gallons of such biofuel on a daily basis.

Rumor has it that this innovative type of biofuel could hit the market in roughly five years from now, and when that moment comes it will be interestingly enough to see how car owners respond to it.

This is because, as biochemistry undergraduate Mike Morgan explains, this innovative biofuel is bound to offer the general public a rather peculiar driving experience.

More precisely, since it is made from watery waste coming from cheese, this biofuel smells like no others.

“The smell is fun, especially when the engine is warm,” Mike Morgan wished to reassure potential customers.

Sources
report that, most of the time, the exhaust fumes released when burning this fuel smell like fresh-baked bread, which is why we can only assume that certain dogs will find it all the more pleasant to chase after cars.

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