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Biojet Fuel from Crop Oils Takes Off

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Advancing Science Excellence in North Dakota  (North Dakota State University Fargo)

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With support from NSF's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the SUNRISE research group of the University of North Dakota has developed an oilseed-based biojet fuel for aviation turbines and diesel engines that withstands cold temperatures and is more stable than traditional biodiesel fuels.  The SUNRISE team is developing the technology to reduce the oil extraction cost specifically for biojet fuel application sot that it's more cost effective than other fuels.  SUNRISE also incorporates the research into chemistry and chemical engineering courses at the university, and educates the state's agricultural and financial communities and political leaders about biofuels and their potential economic impact.  

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