Restaurant grease becoming "hot" item.
Peru turns wasteland into sugarcane fields for ethanol exportsA local company has employed for many years a former Texas Ranger and a former Texas cop to track down criminals stealing a valuable substance - restaurant grease.
Their job has gotten busier.
The rising price of ethanol and increasing popularity of biodiesel fuel have spurred more people to take grease from traps behind restaurants to convert it to biodiesel or sell it on the black market.
Poultry "litter" turned into bio-oilSOJO, PERU — With a sweep of his arm, Gov. Cesar Trelles showed off acres of hilly scrub-land that, at first glance, seem best suited for the foxes, lizards and geckos that call it home.
But in a few months, he said, the panorama will change dramatically.
Dallas-based Maple Energy will level the land and plant 20,000 acres of sugar cane in a $157 million project to produce ethanol for export to the United States and Europe.
It plans to begin growing sugar cane here in 2008, using water from a nearby river and a sophisticated drip irrigation system. Ethanol production is expected to start in 2008 with a goal of producing 30 million gallons a year.
"Nobody wanted this land, but now it is worth very much," said Trelles, the governor of Piura state in northern Peru.
Brazil: World's largest biodiesel plant to use cow fatBLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists are developing portable pyrolysis units that can convert poultry litter into bio-oil in a system that addresses biosecurity issues.
Virginia Tech Associate Professor Foster Agblevor, who is leading the research, said the technology can convert poultry litter into three value-added byproducts -- pyrodiesel, producer gas, and fertilizer.
The pyrolysis unit heats the litter until it vaporizes, the scientists said. The vapor is then condensed to produce the bio-oil and a slow-release fertilizer is recovered from the reactor. The gas can then be used to operate the pyrolysis unit, thereby making it a self-sufficient system.
More than 5.6 million tons of poultry litter are produced each year in the United States.
SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)--One of Brazil's largest meatpackers, the Bertin group, plans to begin operation on Tuesday of what could be the world's biggest biodiesel plant run on cow tallow, the company said Friday.
The launch ceremony of the 110-million-liter-per-year plant, which is located in the municipality of Lins in Sao Paulo state, will be attended by Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a big biofuel advocate.