Biodiesel from chicken feather meal

Researchers at the University of Nevada are looking for new sources for biodiesel, recently they made biodiesel from coffee grounds. However in this article researchers found a recipe for biodiesel from chicken feather meal, they extracted fat from the feather meal and converted it to biodiesel. Chicken feather meal consists of blood, offal and has about 11 percent fat, used as a fertilizer and animal feed. By using this product the researchers extracted the fat and boiled it in water which then converted into biodiesel, a process called transesterification. Researchers believe that there’s enough feather meal in the US to produce 150 million gallons of biodiesel a year. This discovery is one of many on the search for biofuel sources.

Link:http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/28/science/28obfeathers.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=biodiesel%20chicken%20feather&st=cse

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