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UNI announces microwave technology license agreement

February 15, 2013

Lou Honary, director, UNI's National Ag-Based Lubricants Center, 319-233-3812,

Wes James, associate director, UNI's National Ag-Based Lubricants Center, 319-233-3812,

Rebecca Schultze, communications and public relations manager, UNI College of Business Administration, 319-273-3309

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa's "Modern Marvel" has been licensed for commercialization by Iowa company Marion Mixers. Its movement into the market 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 $31billion.

This patented technology, invented at the UNI National Ag-Based Lubricants Center by center Director Lou Honary and Associate Director Wes James, was featured on the History Channel's "Modern Marvels" in early 2011. It allows the use of industrial microwaves to process chemicals, food, biobased lubricants and greases and many of the other products that are currently processed using fuel oil or gas.  Not only does this process reduce energy consumption, it also improves safety and process time.

Marion Mixers has joined the Cedar Rapids-based AMTek Microwave Systems, to make this technology available commercially.

More information about the technology, including video highlights from NABL and Marion Mixers can be found at

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