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Actually, if biodiesel has anywhere near the same energy content as petro
diesel, then this process has a much higher energy yield than the biogas
product of anaerobic digestion on a per kilogram of food waste bases.

On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 6:11 PM, GRAUNKE,RYAN E <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Happy Friday BESTers,
>
>    We've all heard of turning waste vegetable oil into biodiesel, but a
> Spanish company has actually developed a process that converts any type of
> organic waste into biodiesel.  Using microorganisms to produce fatty acids,
> the process is like a sped up version of natural petroleum production.  It's
> still in its very early stages and the yields aren't great (1-2 liters per
> kilogram of food waste), but there may be some potential here, especially
> with the heated food vs. fuel debate of energy crops.  We'll have to keep on
> eye on this in the future and for any integration of this process with
> biogas digestion.
>
> http://bioenergy.checkbiotech.org/news/process_turn_urban_waste_biodiesel
>
> "Process to Turn Urban Waste into Biodiesel"
> Checkbiotech.org
> Wednesday June 3, 2009
>
> Have a great weekend,
> Ryan
>