CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa's National Ag-Based Lubricants Center and Iowa company Marion Mixers will announce a new partnership to commercialize technology that has the potential to reduce U.S. energy consumption by 8.5 percent, or 338 million barrels-of-oil equivalent per year, at an annual cost savings of $31 billion.
The announcement will take place at an open house at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, at Marion Mixers, 3575 Third Ave., in Marion, Iowa. Representatives from Marion Mixers and AMTek Microwaves will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate the technology. Representatives from UNI's National Ag-Based Lubricants Center will also be available to discuss the impact these technologies will have on the processing industries.UNI-NABL is a non-profit, university-based research and testing facility dedicated to the advancement of biobased lubricants. The center was established in 1991 through the collaborative efforts of UNI, the state of Iowa, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Iowa Soybean Association/Iowa Soybean Promotion Board. UNI-NABL's research has resulted in the commercialization of more than 30 soybean-oil-based industrial lubricants and greases. For more information about UNI-NABL, visit www.uni.edu/nabl.