19 Sep '11, 4am

Orange Peels Could One Day Power Your Car

Long before there was the petroleum-based plastic fruit cup, nature perfected its own biodegradable wrapper for keeping oranges fresh: the peel. But aside from adding a bit of zest to food or being used in the orange-smile gag, peels have largely escaped any greater purpose. That is, until now. One British researcher has discovered a relatively simple way to turn orange peels into oil -- which could then be used to power cars or produce plastics. University of York Professor James Clark, who has developed a revolutionary method of producing eco-fuels, says that orange peels contain certain molecules which, if properly extracted and converted to liquid, could be used effectively as an energy source. Using a high-powered microwave he built in his lab, Clark has proven the potential for such energy-rich oils to be distilled from common organic waste. And, according to the Dai...

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