Collaboration Developing Peanuts as Renewable Diesel Fuel Feedstock

A collaboration between Chevron and Texas A&M AgriLife is reviving the use of peanuts as a renewable feedstock for diesel fuel. A five-year, multi-million-dollar project will work to increase oil content in “diesel nut” varieties of peanuts, while also increasing disease resistance and drought tolerance, so that the nuts can be grown on non-irrigated acreage. The project will also identify best management practices for crop production and harvest, as well as developing enterprise budgets. Project participants anticipate that developing the “diesel nut” could expand the area of peanut cultivation and lower the carbon intensity of diesel production.