Peaks and Prairies of Malta Montana USA has received a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant to test its canola or "rapeseed" oil-based engine lubricant, "Eco-Oil". The DOE grant money will support independent laboratory testing of Eco-Oil's effect on engine power, emissions, and so on. The testing results will be used to apply for certification by the American Petroleum Institute, such that Eco-Oil use could prospectively satisfy engine maker warranty requirements. Hmmm...petroleum industry trade group considers certifying a plant oil product that could one day compete against petroleum-based oils. Interesting.Biodegradability is reported to be in the 90 to 93 percent range for Eco-Oil, and price anticipated to be less than traditional motor oil according to the company. Eco-Oil is made with two processes patented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and licensed by Peaks and Prairies through the National Center for Utilization of Agriculture Research.
Peaks & Prairies is, owned by Montana farmers and ranchers.