Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Weird Wednesday ~ Airline Uses Cooking Oil as Fuel

Could airports of the future stop smelling like fuel exhaust and start smelling like french fries and fried catfish? Maybe.

A Trans-Atlantic flight for KLM Airlines is being powered partially by used cooking oil. Once a week, a flight from New York to Amsterdam (and back) is using bio-fuel consisting of 25% cooking oil and 75% jet fuel. These flights have been taking place since September 2011.

The cooking oil comes from Louisiana. Waste oil left over from frying Cajun Food is processed to remove impurities at a plant near Baton Rouge, LA. The oil is then shipped to New York. A similar system is in place in Holland. 

While this bio-fuel cuts carbon emissions by up to 80%, it does come at a price. The bio-fuel costs almost $10 a gallon. Roughly 3x the cost of aviation fuel. Would you pay more for an airline ticket to help save Mother Earth?

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Dede said...

The university here has buses that they have been doing the same with. One had stopped at the restaurant and wanted to tap into our grease trap to fuel up the bus. I thought it was great!

Wishing you a day filled with laughter!


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Reduce, reuse, recycle!

mrsduncanmahogany said...

I would buy a ticket any day if it meant I was saving Mother Earth!