GreenTracker| A revolutionary new ‘green tire’ could be on the road in five years. Goodyear has patented a process of making isoprene using renewable ingredients like sugar cane, corn, corn cobs, switchgrass or other biomass. Manufacturers currently use isoprene combined with natural rubber in the manufacture of tires.
The technology, described at the 239th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in San Fransisco March 24, stands to reduce the tire industry’s reliance on crude oil — seven gallons of which now go into each of the approximately one billion tires produced each year worldwide. via Science Daily
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