Friday, August 19, 2011

Tastes like chicken, burns like diesel

Turns out there might be a better way to make conventional-style fuels besides starting with liquefied dinosaurs.
Researchers have found that they can use the fats/skin/byproducts from Alligators (and honestly, almost any other animal) to create fuels for around $2.40/gallon. Which at the time of me posting this, isn't half bad.

From the article:
Well, researchers from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette published a paper in the Industrial Engineering Chemistry Research that suggests we can turn Alligator lipids (fat) into biofuel for something that costs around $2.40 a gallon. Not bad right?

Now, before anyone gets all up in arms, no one is proposing that we start farming and butchering alligators for the sole purpose of turning their fat into fuel. Instead, they’re suggesting that we take the fat from the alligators we are already farming and butchering for other things and turn that into fuel instead of simply throwing it away like we are right now. The alligator skin and meat industry creates a byproduct of over 15 million pounds of alligator fat each year and, at the moment, it’s all going to waste.

"Put me in your car"

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