Submitted by: Utah Department of Transportation
Implemented country: United States
Title: Freeways to Fuel
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) entered a partnership with Utah State University to conduct research on the possibilities of rapidly growing biodiesel production (rape and safflower and the year-round flax). If this research is successful, it could become possible to harvest enough seed to produce one’s own biodiesel at home for operating one’s own vehicles. If things go as planned, then production figures of 500 gallons/mile of biodiesel could be realized. Other benefits of the project include the coverage of the costs of mowing and pest control.