Alabama A&M Partners for Biodiesel Fuel Plan

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Two Huntsville companies will partner with Alabama A&M University to convert used vegetable oil into biodiesel fuel to help run campus buses.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama will donate about 100 gallons of used cooking oil each month from its cafeteria and a small Huntsville business, Willbrook Solutions, has donated a $15,000 prototype biodiesel processing unit to A&M's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences to produce the fuel.

Ernest Cebert, research associate professor of plant breeding/genetics at A&M says waste vegetable is a valuable resource. Officials say the waste oil will be used to create 80 to 90 gallons of biodiesel fuel.

The biodiesel fuel will be used to operate buses that are part of the university's transportation system.

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