Turning waste into fuel

Finding new sources of fuel is obviously a big priority these days. So it was encouraging to get news from the annual National Biodiesel Conference that progress continues on turning waste products into liquid fuel. According to the Environmental News Network, one company in Canada is starting with old telephone poles, turning them into synthetic gas, or syngas, and using it as a feedstock for ethanol and methanol. The company is also working on turning municipal waste into syngas. Meanwhile in San Francisco, the city is working on plans to take leftover fat, oil, and grease from restaurants – so called “brown grease” and use it for biofuel, which will also help keep sewers cleaner.

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