U.S. soy is showing up in some unexpected places thanks to USB research partnerships with academia, government and industry:
Biodiesel is registered as a fuel and fuel additive with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and meets clean diesel standards established by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Neat (100 percent) biodiesel has been designated as an advance biofuel by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
Biodegradable mulch films have a lower environmental impact because they do not produce any harmful waste and be easily disposed. Government regulations promoting bio-based product usage, especially in Europe and North America is expected to drive market growth over the foreseeable future.
Pavement Restoration and Surfacing Agents
A 77 percent soy-based solution restores reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) millings to like-new asphalt. Soy-based asphalt repair materials reverses oxidation and help seal hairline cracks adding surface life to road surfaces.
Emulsified soybean oil is a cost-effective process technology for groundwater bioremediation that is widely accepted as a primary commercial treatment method by the environmental consulting/contracting industry. The process is effective and lasts longer due to slow degradation and hydrogen release, than other available substrate processes.
Proprietary soybean oil formulations are also being used as downhold crude oil recovery aids.