Cooking Oil can be used to power businesses, homes, contribute energy to the Nation Grid and even to power the U.S. Navy’s Great Green Fleet. Perhaps very shortly, our days of dependence on fossil fuels will be a thing of the past. Here are some encouraging examples of how cooking oil is replacing fossil fuels today:
Residential Oil Recycling Contributes to National Grid and Powers Local Homes
Residents of Nottinghamshire, UK are demonstrating how everyday people can create energy by recycling their cooking oil according to Living Fuels. The Nottinghamshire community has been so successful that they are helping other communities throughout the UK to follow suit. Another advantage of recycling cooking oil is a reduction in municipal water drain clogging. UK water companies spend about $24.4 million to clear clogged drains caused by grease.
Cooking oil collected from sites thought Nottinghamshire is taken to a recovery facility where it is converted into pure bioliquid and used to power the National Grid in times of high demand. A home can be powered for an entire year with one 330 gallon recycling center tank. Responsible business waste disposal of cooking oil makes a significant contribution towards cooking oil recycling for clean power generation.
UK homes powered by cooking oil are becoming a new reality. In Merseyside England recycled cooking oil is powering local homes. The municipal waste disposal authority has teamed up with environmental services and a green energy firm to create a patented bioliquid to power custom designed engines and provide a supply of energy for the national grid. Collection tanks for cooking oil are located at 14 community recycling centers.
Whole Foods Powers Huge Commissary Facility with Recycled Oil
According to the Boston Globe, Whole Foods recycles enough canola oil to power its 70,000 square foot building including all its cooking and food preparation equipment. This is an excellent illustration of how intelligent business waste disposal can be a productive source of green energy. Whole Foods extensive food preparation facility supplies food sold in 62 stores from Maine to New Jersey.
Using Vegetable Oil to Fuel Vehicles
Henry Brockman has a small farm in Illinois and keeps it plowed with a tractor that runs on recycled vegetable oil he purchased from a neighbor. Not everyone has such a convenient source of fuel, however, it is not difficult for you to produce it yourself. Special filtering equipment needs to be used to prepare vegetable oil for powering a vehicle. Diesel run equipment also requires modifications.
MIT students are currently creating a car that runs on unmodified vegetable oil. Hopefully this will be a portent of inexpensive and clean fuel for our vehicles in the near future. The United States Navy is aware of the dangers posed by relying on non-renewable energy to fuel their fleets. To make fuel sources more dependable they have taken action, creating a fleet that runs on recycled cooking oil and algae.
The U.S. Navy’s Riverine Command Boat, powered by an alternative fuel blend containing algae and other bio fuels, conducted maneuvers while representing the Navy’s commitment to reduce energy consumption.
The first aircraft carrier strike group to be primarily powered by alternative, renewable fuels is called the Great Green Fleet. Ships, vehicles and aircraft using non-petroleum based fuels will be less vulnerable to Middle East disruptions and volatile fossil fuels prices. The biofuel blends used by the fleet contained cooking oil, algae and petroleum-based fuel.
It’s exciting to see the widespread and diverse use of biofuels by business, government, communities and inventors. CarbonFootprint.com expects that biofuel can significantly reduce worldwide emissions; however mass production and unnecessary energy consumption must be kept in check as well. The less energy we consume, and the more we walk and use public transportation, the more effectively we can participate in reducing our energy footprint. We can also help by participating in community efforts to recycle cooking oil for fuel using Nottinghamshire and Merseyside, UK as examples.