From Iceland — Meat Turned To Petrol

Meat Turned To Petrol

Published July 22, 2011

A new operation has opened up that will convert offal into biofuel for cars and trucks.
The concept of biodiesel or biofuel – creating combustible fuel for vehicles out of organic and renewable resources – is not a new concept in Iceland. Earlier this spring, there was talk of creating biofuel from canola oil here.
It now seems that a different approach is being taken, at least by one company.
RÚV reports that the unused animal bits from a large slaughterhouse in Blönduós had been shipped to Akureyri since the new year, as Blönduós was unable to afford breaking the material down. That has changed, mayor Arnar Þór Sævarsson says, as Innovation Centre Iceland – a group that encourages inventiveness in the country and funds worthwhile projects – has agreed to partially fund converting the slaughterhouse offal into biofuel.
The project is expected to be able to create jobs in the struggling town, and should commence operation in the fall.

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