This week, Cargill Industrial Oils and Lubricants in Minneapolis announced a collaboration between itself, Electric Research and Manufacturing Cooperative in Dyersburg, Tenn., and Waverly Light and Power, to provide soy-based transformer oil for electric utilities. The oil, BioTrans, was co-developed by the University of Northern Iowa's Ag-based Industrial Lubricants (ABIL) research program and Waverly Light and Power.
A week ago, a major trucking company announced it will expand its use of an all-purpose soy grease developed by ABIL research program. Crete Carrier Corp., of Lincoln, Neb., has been testing the grease for about six months and expects to convert its entire fleet to soy grease.
Lou Honary, ABIL director, says both developments could boost the economy, save money for consumers, and protect the environment.