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Agricultural Waste Offers De-icing Alternative

Researchers at Washington State University have developed a deicer solution made from grape skins and other agricultural waste. The new combination causes less damage to concrete and asphalt than salt-based deicer, and also poses less risk to water bodies. What’s more, its manufacture creates no waste, and it melts ice faster than other alternatives. The production process can be modified to use other agricultural wastes, as well. Professor Xianming Shi explains, “We can use this same platform technology in different regions of the country but choose a different agricultural product, depending on what source of waste is available.”