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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Clemson Researcher Makes Fuel from Rotten Peaches

CLEMSON, SC (AP) - Clemson University biosystems engineer Caye Drapcho's new research is just peachy.

Drapcho is using bacteria to generate hydrogen from rotting peaches.

Drapcho says peaches could work well as a biofuel because they have a high percentage of sugars that can be converted to hydrogen.

It could be an inexpensive way to produce power. The South Carolina Peach Council says more than 20 million pounds of peaches that are unfit for sale are thrown away every year .

Drapcho and her graduate assistants are being funded by a grant from the council.

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