Small Town Looks To Turn Chicken Fat Into Power

US - For the Houston area to have an energy source first isn’t unusual, but the latest plan isn’t your typical black gold rush.
calendar icon 10 May 2007
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It’s about turning poultry into power.

“It’s basically just rendered poultry fat,” fuel engineer Charles Ake said. “And you turn it into Bio-Diesel.”

While that idea is catching on all over the world, the next step is a little more unique:

Energy from chickens – enough to power a small town.

“That is a pretty neat thing to say that your city is fueled with green power. I do like that. I’m proud of our city for doing that,” Oak Ridge North Mayor Fred O’Connor said.

The 1,200 households in Oak Ridge North can all be powered by a plant that creates fuel from fowl.

It’s a private venture with no government subsidies. The fat makes the fuel, and the fuel runs the generators that make the power.


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