The soy checkoff has collaborated with researchers to develop new markets for high oleic soybean oil, and recent results could make your engine a customer for these soybeans.
Most people keep their engines running smoothly with motor oil derived from petroleum. As consumers continue to look for renewable and sustainable options, companies that depend on petroleum search for alternatives, and one company landed on U.S. soy.
Greg Blake of Biosynthetic Technologies says high oleic soybean oil is a good match for the technology his company has developed to make a cost-effective and high-performing motor oil. Biosynthetic Technologies plans to select a site this year for a full-scale plant that will produce high oleic base oil for use in motor oil.
“This first plant will give our customers the confidence to formulate and market motor oil brands containing our products,” Blake says.
High oleic soybean oil caught the attention of Biosynthetic researchers when it performed better than other plant-based oils. Bred to remain stable for high-temperature cooking, that high-heat stability also makes high oleic soybean oil better as a lubricant. Other oils break down at high temperatures.
“High oleic soybean oil is unique in its composition, making it a stronger, longer-lasting oil,” says Blake.