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Re: E-M:/ Suggestions re turkey fryer oil disposal

Enviro-Mich message from Rane Curl <ranecurl@engin.umich.edu>

On Wed, 2 May 2001, Terry Lodge wrote:

>    Lori, if this is vegetable oil, it could be used as
> "biodiesel" fuel. Below is a website that contains
> many links to biodiesel resources:
> http://www.ohio.sierraclub.org/sprawl/august2000.htm

And here is what the article says about the Sierra Club in
relation to biodiesel fuels:

    "Sierra Club spokesman Glen Brand said he applauds the experiment, but
    said it probably would do little to improve the region's air quality.

    "Biodiesel fuels, praised as biodegradable and cleaner-burning than
    regular diesel, will simply keep dirty diesel engines on the road
    longer, Brand said."

Besides this, while biodiesel is being investigated, most of the interest
and funding comes from the agricultural economy, who would like to find
bigger markets for the production of soybean and other oils.

Also, as the articles indicate, the cost of biodiesel fuels is currently
three times greater than petroleum based diesel. It would probably remain
uneconomical as the alcohols required to convert the oils to methyl and
ethyl ethers themselves cost as much or more than diesel fuels.

Biodiesel does not look like a good prospect for the long term, much less
the short term, recycling of used cooking oils. The best opportunity for
recycling these oils would be to clarify and purify them for reuse.

--Rane L. Curl

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