During a press conference sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Board, Purdue University announced that it is using soy biodiesel to fuel the diesel-engined vehicles in its transportation fleet, according to the High Plains Journal
newspaper. The university’s diesel fleet includes buses, ambulances, and semi-trucks. The Purdue transportation center uses a soy biodiesel blend that contains 2 percent biodiesel derived from soybeans. “We have about 80 vehicles running on the soy biodiesel blend and we’ve experienced no problems,” said Mike Funk, transportation services director, in the High Plains Journal article. The university started using biodiesel in late November, 2003. No modifications were made to any of the vehicles to switch to the more environment-friendly fuel. The Purdue Ag Centers use various soy biodiesel blends, promoting biodiesel use and benefits around the state, according to Jerry Fankhauser, director of the Purdue Ag Centers. “We’ve been using biodiesel for nearly a year in about 50 pieces of farm equipment and we’re very pleased with the performance,” he said.