Posted by: shoji | September 26, 2007

Deep-fryer fuel: off-the-grid power

There’s a lot of activity in the biofuel space, and Willie Nelson has been there for a while– touring in his vegetable oil-powered bus. Importantly, the vegetable oil can come from deep fryers (e.g., fastfood restaurants). Regular diesel fuel also works.

Businesses have moved into the space: Tri-State Biodiesel collects restaurant grease and reprocesses it for biodiesel use.

Another potential use for deep-fryer fuel is for powering electrical generators. Rather than pumping the used grease into a truck for transport to a reprocessor, the deep-fryer fuel can be filtered and pumped into an on-site electrical generator. (Admittedly, I do not know how “green” such process would be, but deep-fryer-dependent businesses could use this to their bottom-line advantage.)

More useful may be deep-fryer generators in the developing world. Since electricity is unreliable in many parts, the use of deep-fryer generators could help reduce brown outs/black outs. Developing countries need reliable energy inorder to raise their standards of living– electricity to power reading lights in the evening is just one example.


Willie Nelson: On the road with his biodiesel tour bus – Sep. 26, 2007
Before the show, Nelson filled up his bus with cooking grease delivered from Tri-State Biodiesel, a Manhattan-based company that collects used cooking oil from restaurants, processes it, then delivers the fuel to its customers.

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  1. Willie Nelson not only supports biofuel, he as well is a part of Farm Aide which supports local farmers of America. I recommend supporting Willie and his causes, he has an upcoming show that the guys I work with at Lonestar 92.5 told me about in Dallas Oct 27th. You should check out http://www.lonestar925.com for more details for that show, and many alike! Stay green and keep the peace!

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