It may be a white Chevy Silverado, but it represents the future of green in Flint.

Kettering University, officials from Swedish Biogas International and the City of Flint, and others, unveiled Flint’s first biomethane fuel truck during a ceremony on campus last week.

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Kettering University President Stan Liberty officiated at the ceremony and introduced Flint Mayor Dayne Walling who said, “The city is proud to be a partner with this world-class research university right here in Flint.”

Students, working with faculty members at Kettering University, converted a 2500HD Chevy Silverado to run on a dual-fuel system. The vehicle can be powered by biomethane gas, a renewable alternative fuel that will be produced at the new biomethane plant in Flint.

To see the truck, visit: www.kettering.edu/visitors/storydetail.jsp?storynum=3034.

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To accomplish this dual-fuel use, Kettering called on one of its alums to help out. Rebecca Royer ’81, owner and president of Baytech Corp., installed a kit in April that allows the biofuel truck to run on both natural gas and gasoline. The natural gas is stored in a tank in the truck bed and is piped into the engine bay, ending at the top of the engine.

The on-board computer switches automatically between gasoline and natural gas while driving. Because the composition of natural gas and biomethane are so similar, the truck should run well with biomethane in the tank instead of natural gas, said student Nolan McCann, research assistant to Brenda Lemke and Dr. Ahmad Pourmovahed, who are working on the project.

Researchers plan to run the vehicle on the biomethane produced from the Flint Wastewater Treatment Plant and Swedish Biogas project. The Swedish Biogas Project will produce alternative energy from waste removed from the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Founded in 1919, Kettering University is the home of the country’s most advanced professional co-op program and a national leader in the preparation of innovators and entrepreneurs. For more on Kettering, visit: www.kettering.edu.

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