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Flowers power biodiesel project

June 25, 2010, Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently harvested a small field of bright yellow flowers planted along Interstate 40 for conversion to biodiesel in a project that demonstrates the potential for multiple sources of biofuel.


November 30, 1999
By The Hickory Daily Record

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June 25, 2010, Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently harvested a small field of bright yellow flowers planted along Interstate 40 for conversion to biodiesel in a project that demonstrates the potential for multiple sources of biofuel.

The flowers look attractive, but they’re canola plants, the source of canola oil. Instead of using the oil for cooking, the state wants to refine it to use in vehicles.

The project with N.C. State University is researching the feasibility of growing biofuel crops along highway rights of way. | READ MORE