Researchers develop biofuel from carrots


Researchers at the UNED (National University of Distance Education of Spain) and the Universidad Nacional del Litoral (Argentina) developed a method to convert carrots into bioethanol from fermentation of sugars in carrots.

The work was published in the journal Bioresource Technology. They used carrots “dismissed” for failing to meet required standards of shape or size.

“Any product that has carbohydrates, whether simple or complex, can be converted to ethanol by fermentation,” says Maria Rojas, a researcher at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology of the Open University, and project manager.

The project is in the pilot stage, but researchers plan to build a plant in Santa Fe, Argentina, to develop a large scale production. They estimate that it will be able to process eight to ten tons of carrots a day. With information from El Mundo.

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