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Re: [greenyes] remember this? (Re: Changing World Technologies)

At 05:05 PM 4/14/2005 -0500, you wrote:

Posted on Tue, Apr. 12, 2005

Innovative turkey-to-oil plant eats money, spits out fowl odor

By KAREN DILLON The Kansas City Star

Photos by NORMAN NG/The Kansas City Star

"This is a first-of-a-kind plant in the world," said Paul Halberstadt, a vice president at the Renewable Environmental Solutions plant. Poultry waste is turned into crude oil at the Carthage facility. But it comes with a side effect - an unexplained stench. Halberstadt said the company has added scrubbers to reduce odors.

Carthage was promised an odor-free plant. That didn't happen. Now Mayor Kenneth Johnson worries that the town is getting a bad reputation. "This type of publicity isn't going to help tourism," he said.

CARTHAGE, Mo. - The eyes of the world have been on this Missouri town for several years to see if a New York businessman can really turn turkey leftovers into oil.

The answer: A resounding yes. In fact, a revolutionary plant is turning 270 tons of poultry waste into 300 barrels of crude oil every day.

Of course it stinks--its a rendering plant. But lets do some back-of-the-envelope math:

300 bbl x 42 gal/bbl = 12600 gal x (assume) 7.8 lbs/gal = 98280 lbs/ 2000 lbs/ton = 49 tons/ day of "oil."

49 tons of "oil" from 270 tons of offal. Hmmm 18 percent yield. Where is the rest of it going?

Probably they are just rendering out the fat content and doing a transesterification on it n the usual manner.

Nothing new here, I suspect, but there has been a lot of high-volume hype in the last couple of years.

Alan Muller

Alan Muller, Executive Director
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