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drinkypoo's Journal: ConocoPhillips to make biodiesel from Tyson's waste fat 9

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Tyson Foods, one of the largest meat processors in the United States, is currently making a deal with ConocoPhillips, one of the world's major oil companies. C|Net News reports that Tyson's waste animal fat could be processed into 175 million gallons of biodiesel a year, and that ConocoPhillips plans to invest a hundred million [US] dollars on the project. A pilot program has been successfully running at a Tyson facility in Ireland.

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ConocoPhillips to make biodiesel from Tyson's waste fat

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  • Half of USA could liposuction half of their excess, and fuel the nation for half the next century.

    Mileage may vary... ;-)
  • I wonder if this is similar at all to Changing World Tech's [slashdot.org] TCP process, or if this is more along the lines of standard bio-diesel?
  • Is it just me, or did anyone else think that the fat was coming from someone named Tyson personally?
  • Now all the "I Modded My Car To Run On Biodiesel" hippies will have to look extra hard to buy vegetarian biodiesel.
  • How much fuel does it take to transport and convert this fat? I hope this process produces more than it uses or else we are just creating a different problem or making it worse. Granted, I understand it takes time to perfect processes to be more efficient, and the companies won't do things that will produce a loss. I'm glad that more companies are taking these alternative fuels seriously, I really hope it's for the greater good of all.
    • by drinkypoo (153816)

      How much fuel does it take to transport and convert this fat?

      Transportation is actually better than crude, in that a greater percentage of the raw material will be made into fuel. Of course, portions of crude not made into fuel are made into other things so it's not a direct/fair comparison.

      Converting is pretty simple when it comes to vegetable but I don't know much about animal fat biodiesel. I would assume that it's within a few points of the efficiency of making it from veg oil, though we all know abou

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