King seeks patent for a palm oil formula that works as diesel fuel
The king of Thailand has applied for a patent on a formula for using palm oil in the hope that it could one day fuel diesel engines.
According to press reports from Bangkok, King Bhumibol Adulyadej believes the fuel could help cut pollution and reduce oil imports. A Thai official says Adulyadej found that a special mixture of palm and diesel oil could be used in diesel engines without modifications or a filter.
'The concept of using palm oil as engine fuel is not new,' the official says. '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.'
Press reports also say Thailand's industry minister would ask the state-run Petroleum Authority to assist with producing the king's special fuel so it could be sold in Thailand at low cost.