January 13, 2008

UNI lubricant center receives DOE and USDA grants

The National Ag-Based Lubricants Center, a program of the University of Northern Iowa’s Business and Community Services division, has received $1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy and $408,000 from U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop alliances with other industry leaders.

The center creates bio-based lubricants that add value to Iowa agricultural products and provide alternatives to conventional lubricants.

They have expanded their research to include automotive lubricants as well.

This year, the development of biobased engine oils will be emphasized, said Wes James, assistant director of the center.

Over the last year or so I have been watching developments like this. Hopefully the day that we can go down to the local store and have a choice of biobased motor oil for the next oil change is coming soon.

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