Having a lemon car is a good thing

September 8, 2009 4:56:42 AM PDT
Imagine running your car on watermelons.

And your carburetor wouldn't have to spit out the seeds either.

Researchers at a Department of Agriculture lab in Lane, Okla., are working on a way to create ethanol from watermelons.

But don't expect to shove a fat melon into your gas tank.

Watermelons unfit for market would be fermented to produce ethanol, a form of alcohol that can be mixed with gasoline.

But the researchers say cost is a major hurdle.

The big melons are expensive to transport.

So, the scientists are working on mobile fermenters that could be taken right to the farm.


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