Typical automotive and industrial lubricants consist of a petroleum-derived base oil and various additives. In the next five years, it is anticipated that new, more rigorous environmental regulations will be applied to the automotive industry that will include improving fuel economy through the use of lower viscosity, more durable lubricants. Advonex has developed a patented technology that uses low-voltage electrolysis to produce a base oil from plant-based oils. The Advonex base oil is similar in performance to synthetic base oils, and according to preliminary testing, could improve fuel economy by approximately two per cent and still be cost competitive with synthetic base oils. Advonex is proposing to scale its electrolysis technology from laboratory scale to a one-tonne-per-day pilot scale using soybean oil and corn oil supplied by consortium partners Minnesota Soybean Processors and Greenfield Specialty Alcohols. Valvoline will incorporate Altra-BASE into new lubricant formulations and secure certification for future commercialization, while consortium partner Queen’s University will assist with engineering design.