Alligator fat can be used for biodiesel production


21/08/2011

Recently it became known that the addition of meat, the use of which has become so prevalent in recent years in the food industry, alligators are also the owners of the component suitable for the production of biodiesel.

Each year, industrial enterprises engaged in the processing of meat alligators thrown into the waste about 15 million pounds of fat into landfills. Now scientists have found that the fat of the animal can be removed and the oil used to produce high-quality biodiesel.

Researchers Bazhpay Rakesh (Rakesh Bajpai) and his colleagues at the University of Louisiana, have published their analysis of the possibility to use the alligator fat as a fuel in the latest issue of "American Chemical Society journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research".

In 2008, in addition to the 45 billion gallons of diesel in the U.S. produced about 700 million gallons of biodiesel to prevent a shortage of fuel used that year. Most biodiesel was produced from soybean oil. Because of the concern that the use of food crops to produce fuel will cause higher prices for food, scientists began exploring alternative sources, including sewage mud, the Chinese tallow tree, and vegetable oil.

Experiments demonstrating that the oil extracted from alligator fat meets nearly all the legal standards that enable the production of high quality biodiesel, Louisiana researchers have added another component to the list of sources of biofuels.

Scientists have explained that alligator fat has a high content of lipids, and these lipids can be recovered microwave frozen samples, as well as a chemical solvent.

The main advantage of alligator fat in the production of biodiesel, if it ever will be used for these purposes, is to lower the cost of treatment as compared with some other components, since oil has become a waste product.

Original: Physorg Translation: M. Potter


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