Microbes Quickly Degrade A Popular Biofuel | May 24, 2010 Issue - Vol. 88 Issue 22 | Chemical & Engineering News
 
 
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Volume 88 Issue 22 | p. 50 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 24, 2010

Microbes Quickly Degrade A Popular Biofuel

Biodiesel Stability: New findings show that biodiesel corrodes the carbon steel used in fuel infrastructure
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Sustainability
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: biodiesel, biofue, corrosion, microbes

Readily made from vegetable oil, biodiesel has become a popular fuel, with worldwide production now exceeding 10 million tons per year. Yet like all energy sources, biodiesel has its share of drawbacks. New research shows that it can accelerate corrosion of the carbon steel used to manufacture pipelines, storage tanks, and other components of the fuel infrastructure (Energy Fuels, 2010, 24, 2924).

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