Skip to comments.Company wants to turn fat into fuel at Iowa plant
Posted on 12/14/2009 7:49:57 AM PST by Red Badger
DES MOINES, Iowa A central Iowa plant could soon begin producing jet fuel from poultry fat.
Bolingbrook, Ill.-based Elevance Renewable Sciences plans to build a $15 million plant in Newton, adding onto an existing biodiesel operation.
The experimental operation plans to use plant oils and poultry fat as building blocks to replace petroleum-based chemicals used to make myriad products, including jet fuel, lubricants, adhesives and even cosmetics and candles.
"It allows us to make a very interesting slate of products, which is different and somewhat in contrast to how poultry fat is used today," said K'Lynne Johnson, Elevance's chief executive. "We are taking a waste stream of products ... and using it in a higher value manner."
The project, funded in part by $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, could get the final go-ahead by late January, Johnson said. The company also is seeking state financial support.
Construction of the plant would create up to 50 jobs, and seven or so permanent positions would be needed to run the biorefinery.
About one-fourth of first-year production would be focused on poultry fat. After that, Johnson said they'll let the market and their partners determine how much of its production would be dedicated to that area.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. poultry industry produces about 1.4 billion pounds of poultry fat every year.
Using Elevance's technology, that fat could produce about 250 million gallons of products including diesel fuel, jet fuel and specialty chemicals that can replace petroleum products, Johnson said. A biofuels processor needs the fat from about 50 chickens to make one gallon of fuel.
"In some ways it subsidizes actual food production because it lets poultry farmers get higher value for every chicken that they raise for food," Johnson said.
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We call that stuff, Mythanol.
>> Ethenol from waste would be OK, from Corn is stupid, turning food into fuel on its face is dumb but the % efficiency makes it dumber still and if that wasnt enough it is counter productive to its stated goals to boot.
DUMB... DUMB ... DUMB
Sure did move the wealth around though, and made my old Boat just about worthless (since I cant buy fuel without ethanol in it I have to replace my Tanks at a cost equal to the value of my beloved Boat)
Agreed, right now it is “Not quite ready for primetime”, if you could turn corn stalks into ethanol and keep the corn kernels out of it then I could see it as good step. Also if we built more nuclear power plants, built ethanol production plants next to them, and used the “waste steam and hot water” to process corn stalks, wheat chaffe, etc... into ethanol then it could be a great supplement to our fuel economy. Right now it isn’t even break even.
Are all the fat people we have walking around in this state going to be in any danger>
Not until Obamacare is a reality.............