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ConocoPhillips to make biodiesel from Tyson's waste fat

drinkypoo (153816) writes | more than 7 years ago

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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

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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9 comments

Fat Asses (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 7 years ago | (#18772413)

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

Mileage may vary... ;-)

Two words (1)

nizo (81281) | more than 7 years ago | (#18773453)

soylent oil

Plus we no longer have to waste space burying people.

Re:Two words (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 7 years ago | (#18773757)

Will Charlton Cruise lead the way?

I'm actually a big Harry Harrison fan.

Thermal Control Process (1)

BobPaul (710574) | more than 7 years ago | (#18773679)

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... (1)

SheeEttin (899897) | more than 7 years ago | (#18776263)

Is it just me, or did anyone else think that the fat was coming from someone named Tyson personally?

Wait a minute... (1)

Luke727 (547923) | more than 7 years ago | (#18807947)

Tyson processes actual meat? I would bet my last dollar that no meat has ever been through any Tyson plant.

I love it. (1)

sulli (195030) | more than 7 years ago | (#18815267)

Now all the "I Modded My Car To Run On Biodiesel" hippies will have to look extra hard to buy vegetarian biodiesel.

Interesting, but... (1)

nickyj (142376) | more than 7 years ago | (#18842695)

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.

Re:Interesting, but... (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#18843083)

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 about the lack of safety in assumptions.

They wouldn't do it if it weren't economically viable, and it wouldn't be economically viable unless it were at least as efficient as making fuel out of crude. At least, in the modern day.

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