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The study, also partnered by the USDA and Iowa Central Community College, aims to find out whether soy biodiesel can play a significant role in the transportation industry. Researchers will compare 10 trucks running on biodiesel to 10 others running on traditional petroleum-based diesel.
The project, called the "2 Million Mile Haul," will be the first to comprehensively study and promote the benefits of soy biodiesel.
"This has a very huge potential, I feel, for our company and many others," says Dale Decker, the company's industry and government relations director.
The study will use a biodiesel mix of 20% soy biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel. Trucks using both biodiesel and traditional diesel will run identical routes and carry the same weight, and researchers will measure fuel mileage, engine wear, and other data.