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Discarded chicken parts may provide an abundant source of biodiesel fuel

"Scientists in Nevada are reporting development of a new and environmentally friendly process for producing biodiesel fuel from "chicken feather meal," made from the 11 billion pounds of poultry industry waste that accumulate annually in the United States alone."

Here's the secret recipe:

1. Extract fat from chicken feather meal using boiling water (70 °C)
2. Transesterifie the fat into biodiesel using KOH and methanol
3. This should produce 7−11% of biodiesel

According to the research paper "ASTM analysis of the prepared feather meal biodiesel confirmed that the biodiesel is of good quality and comparable to other biodiesels made from other common feedstocks. Given the amount of feather meal produced by the poultry industry, it is estimated that this process can create 150−200 million gallons of biodiesel in the United States and 593.2 million gallons worldwide."
 
 

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