Swedes eye fowl as power-plant fuel

by 5m Editor
10 March 2007, at 10:35am

SWEDEN - A Swedish firm's proposal to use dead chickens to generate electricity probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind in terms of alternative energy.

But Umea Energi is ready to move forward with a proposal that would use chicken carcasses from egg farms as fuel for a power-generating furnace.

Umea operates in the frozen north of Sweden and is seeking a permit to burn as many as 9,000 dead hens per year along with other combustible waste, the newspaper Västerbottens-Kuriren reports.

Company officials said they had plenty of non-poultry fuel sources and would use the carcasses as a favor to the egg ranchers. At the same time, a company spokesman noted that chickens are just the right size for the fuel stream.

5m Editor