Used Cooking Oil: The Best Biofuel Source?

First generation biofuels are made from sugar crops, starch crops such as corn and sorghum, oilseed crops such as soybean, and animal fats. Sugar and starch crops are converted through a fermentation process to form bio alcohols including ethanol, butanol, and propanol. Oils and animal fats can be processed into biodiesel. Therefore, any increase in biodiesel production typically draws criticism from environmentalists and others who warn that it will cut into food production. Soybeans make up about 50 percent of the mix, with the rest coming from animal fats, cooking grease and other sources. To begin your contribution to this movement, establish your Used Cooking Oil Collection and Disposal Los Angeles service.

Unlike other biofuel feedstocks that require land, water, and other resources, used cooking oil has much less potential drawbacks to the environment and does not compete with the food industry. With proper process and technology, used cooking oil burns 80% cleaner than fossil fuels, and has a smaller carbon footprint than corn ethanol. Not long ago, the used cooking oil collected in steel bins behind restaurants all over the country was used mostly by livestock farmers who spray it onto animal feed to fatten up hogs, chickens, and cows. Lately, it has found new life by being cleaned, filtered, and chemically modified into biofuel. For these reasons, Nathanael Greene, at the Natural Resources Defense Council suggested that used cooking oil is “probably the best of the biofuels out there.”

The process isn’t tidy. The wastewater has to be cooked off, and the scraps of hash browns and wontons and Buffalo wings filtered out—to say nothing of the old shoes, dirty diapers, and used hypodermic needles that can end up in a bin in a back alley. Although the amount of grease from food industry is far from enough to solve the energy crisis, it does put a dent in the problem. Additionally, the grease that’s converted isn’t dumped in landfills.

To encourage biofuel production, governments have enacted incentives. In early 2013, the National Biodiesel Board estimated that with the retroactive reinstatement credit in place, production will be about 1.6 billion gallons in year 2013. Further, according to a federal law passed in 2007, 36 billion gallons of biofuel must be blended into transportation fuel by 2022.

There is also a dollar-a-gallon subsidy for refineries that mix renewable fuel into their products. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, in partnership with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, started a daily transatlantic flight powered by fuel that is 25% converted fryer oil, collected at Cajun restaurants in Louisiana.

Optimal Biofuels is dedicated to the transformation of used cooking oil into renewable energy. We offer competitive incentives, such as free used cooking oil collection, to promote this development within Southern California restaurants and other hospitality establishments. To learn more about our services and offerings, including our free of charge cooking oil removal, as well as our Exhaust hood cleaning los angeles, hydro jetting los angeles, Grease Trap pumping and other services, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (877) 702-3835.


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