Biodiesiel is coming along as a viable and better alternativer to fossil-fuel diesel. Here’s a good story about it.
It started over a few beers: Biodiesel buddies (from left) Smith, Mortland and Tobler with their single-stage reactor
WANT FRIES WITH THAT?
Yes, actual people are fueling cars with used fryer oil
By Sara Smith / February 16, 2006
Bruce Mortland does a lot of the same things that any other motorist with a 2001 VW Jetta would do: He flips through radio stations, he hums along to familiar songs, and he gets annoyed with other drivers.
It’s what he doesn’t do that sets Mortland apart. He doesn’t stop at gas stations, cringe at the prices and, defeated, fuel up anyway.
Mortland’s Jetta runs on homemade biodiesel, brewed in a Grove City garage. He gets his fuel at the Olde Mohawk restaurant in German Village.
Chubby thighs and high cholesterol are not the only byproducts of fried food. Unwittingly, restaurants are creating a new breed of domestically produced commodity. The oil that is left over after those fries are prepared can be used to manufacture a clean, cheap fuel usable in any vehicle with a diesel engine.
Mortland, a computer teacher at the Northeast Career Center, is one member of an eclectic threesome of tinkerers who are manufacturing their own biodiesel. Ted Tobler, a financial analyst for Ohio State University, and Kirk Smith, an IT manager for Big Lots, round out the group.
At a time when even an old oil man like George W. Bush is pitching alternative fuels, the three friends have become smitten by a fuel that seems too good to be true.
They would often meet at a bar on Sunday nights, knock back a few beers and talk about making their own biodiesel someday."(more at link)
full disclosure:many years ago I was a part-time call-in bartender at this bar.