Alligator fat, along with other animal fats, could one day fuel your car and other machinery, suggests new research presented today at the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.
In searching for alternative biodiesel materials, researcher Thomas Junk of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and colleagues discovered that gator fat has been piling up. Alligators are now farmed for their skins, meat and other uses, but no one thought to use the fat until now.
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There's apparently a lot of alligator fat around too. Millions of pounds of gator fat are thrown out each year, according to an American Chemical Society press release.
"Conversion of animal fat to biodiesel has been around for some time, but the traditional biodiesel process generates significant quantities of solid waste," Junk was said in the release. "Our new method creates hardly any such residues."
Fat from such common sources as chicken, pork and beef also can be turned into biodiesel, but the new method improves the conversion technique.