x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Watermelons to power cars

LANE, OKLAHOMA // Researchers from the US Department of Agriculture in Oklahoma have created ethanol from watermelons in what could be a breakthrough in the search for alternative fuel. An estimated 360,000 tonnes of watermelons are left to rot in the US every year and while this would only produce enough juice to brew around 9.46 million litres of ethanol per year, the researchers indicate that this juice could replace up to 15 per cent of corn or molasses used in ethanol fuels. Using watermelon juice in the production of ethanol fuel will also cut down on water usage and supply nitrogen to the blend.