Scientists have recently discovered that the Chinese violet cress has two fatty acids which behave differently from other similar oils, making it a perfect candidate for engine lubricant.
Chinese violet cress Image: Commons
Previous analysis had missed these particularly fatty acids in the cress - a member of the Brassica family which includes mustard, broccoli, cabbage and turnips.
Following the discovery at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, further study was undertaken at the University of North Texas.
The oil works in a similar way to castor oil but is more efficient at high temperatures and has less of a tendency to become gummy when used as an engine lubricant.
Will this mean mass crop farming of Chinese voilet cress?
Diane Berman of the University of North Texas offers some clues: “This oil doesn’t just have the potential to supplement or replace petroleum-based oil; it can also replace synthetics. It is a renewable solution to a limited-resource problem.”
Published 29th October, 2018
additives Africa And finally Asia Australia automotive industry Aviation base oil bio fuels bio lubes BMW BP Brazil Castrol Chevron China China and finally China Internet Marketing China Lubes Marketing China lubes news China Lubes Tech China OEM Equipment CNOOC CNPC CO2 emissions ConocoPhillips Corporate News e-commerce electric vehicles Environment and Regulatory watch Environment, regulatory and standards Europe ExxonMobil Ford Forecasts Fuchs GM Great Wall India innovation Inovation and environment Internet marketing Japan Lubes marketing Lubes news Lubes tech Lubricants marine Middle East Mobile technology motorsport N America Nissan North America OEM and automotive OEM Equipment PetroChina Russia S America Scandinavia Shell Sinopec social media Total Toyota View from the Bridge Volkswagen Volvo