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King Seeks Patent for Palm Oil Engine Fuel
Updated 7:54 AM ET May 4, 2001
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej has applied for a patent on a formula for using palm oil which could fuel diesel engines, helping to cut pollution and save on oil imports, officials said on Friday.
Santi Rattanasuwan, deputy director-general of the intellectual property department, told Reuters the king had found that a special mixture of palm and diesel oil could be used in diesel engines without the need for modifications or a filter.
"This will be a great help for the country," Santi said.
"The concept of using palm oil as engine fuel is not new. Many people have talked about it, tested it and failed.
"But the king's formula, which he tested and proved himself, works well with the engine," Santi said.
Industry Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit said the ministry would ask the state-run Petroleum Authority of Thailand to assist with producing the palm oil formula fuel so it could be sold in Thailand at low cost.