Students Build Cheese Waste Powered Car, Break Speed Record
A group of students and faculty from Utah State University stepped up when challenged to build a bio-fuel powered vehicle. With many cheese plants in the area, students discovered that waste products from cheesemaking made great fuel. The result is this little car that's beaten every other biofuel-powered vehicle in its class by hitting 64.37 mph. Business Insider has the story:
At the Bonneville Salt Flats this month, a dragster powered by the cheese fuel became the fastest ever vehicle in its class using 100 percent biofuel, hitting 64.37 mph.
The idea was born out of a project by the University's College of Engineering and College of Science to create a yeast or bacteria fuel platform utilizing "waste carbon." Unlike fossil fuels, biofuels are not a limited resource. They are more energy-dense than electric batteries, and can be used in many existing vehicles.