Cuba tests new biodiesel fuels to reduce oil import dependence
English.news.cn 2014-11-28 11:07:18
HAVANA, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Experts are trying new biodiesel fuels for
motors, Pedro Rodriguez, doctor in science from Cuban Polytechnic
University Jose Antonio Echeverria (CUJAE), said here on Thursday.
Rodriguez said he and his colleagues have been undertaking researches
with different types of biomass, in order to extract oil and use it
mixed with other fuels.
The target is to improve the energetic matrix of the Caribbean island
through sustainable and environment-friendly fuels, Rodriguez was quoted
by the official agency Prensa Latina as saying.
Rodriguez participated in the 17th Scientific Convention on Engineering
and Architecture, to conclude on Friday at the Havana's Convention
Palace. Over 1,440 investigations from Cuban and foreign experts
presenting, the convention mainly addressed to the issues of energy,
environment, new technologies, biotechnologies and food, among other topics.
Cuba produces about 4 million tons of oils with its accompanying gas in
a year, but that figure covers only 50 percent of its domestic needs and
the rest is imported, with payment facilities, from its main political
The government is promoting strategies to reduce its dependence from oil
imports while developing natural energy sources more favourable to
nature and atmosphere.
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