Somebody passed this onto me and I laughed at the thought of a bus being fueled by it with the epidemic in our country. Enjoy!!
If you thought heating your home with cow methane or corn
is bizarre, wait until you hear how one Beverly Hills doctor
is gassing up his SUV.
While gross, the point Dr. Bittner is trying to make is
important. There are alternatives if the technology and
infrastructure is there to make them available.
Liposuctioning unwanted blubber out of pampered Los Angelenos
may not seem like a dream job, but it has its perks. Free
fuel is one of them.
For a time, Beverly Hills doctor Craig Alan Bittner turned
the fat he removed from patients into biodiesel that fueled
his Ford SUV and his girlfriend's Lincoln Navigator.
Love handles can power a car? Frighteningly, yes. Fat--whether
animal or vegetable--contains triglycerides that can be ex-
tracted and turned into diesel. Poultry companies such as Tyson
are looking into powering their trucks on chicken schmaltz,
and biofuel start-ups such as Nova Biosource are mixing beef
tallow and pig lard with more palatable sources such as soy-
Mike Shook of Agri Process Innovations, a builder of biodiesel
plants, says this year's batch of U.S. biodiesel was likely
more than half animal-derived since the price of soybeans
A gallon of grease will get you about a gallon of fuel, and
drivers can get about the same amount of mileage from fat fuel
as they do from regular diesel, according to Jenna Higgins of
the National Biodiesel Board. Animal fats need to undergo an
additional step to get rid of free fatty acids not present in
vegetable oils, but otherwise, there's no difference, she says.
While using fat to fuel cars might be environmentally friendly,
it's definitely illegal in California to use human medical
waste to power vehicles, and Bittner is being investigated by
the state's public health department.