New Life for Old Fryer Oil

Biodiesel fuel easier to produce than other alternative energy sources.

Published: 19-Aug-2003

Jeff Jackson drives down the streets of Estes Park in his large, diesel-engine truck. Leaving a faint trace of the smell of French fries in his wake, Jackson is driving ever forward into the future. One of a growing number of environmental activists who are practicing what they preach, Jackson runs his truck entirely on the clean-burning biodiesel fuel. Soon, he said, he will start his Freedom Fry Fuel business, bringing this fuel up to Estes Park.

Reducing consumption of petroleum oil is big news these days. People want to reduce their consumption of foreign oil, avoid drilling for oil in places such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and keep the environment cleaner. The rising popularity of alternative energy sources indicates a national movement is happening at the grassroots level. Words such as solar power, wind power and hybrid cars are buzzing through the air. All these alternative energy sources cost a lot of money, and so implementation is slow to come.

However, biodiesel fuel, unlike these other energy sources, is extremely easy to produce. In fact, said Jackson, you can make it in your living room. Jackson discovered the technology ten years ago, although it has existed for over a hundred years. Back in 1893, Rudolph Diesel invented the diesel engine, and at the 1900 Paris Exposition, he showed an engine that was fueled by 100 percent peanut oil.

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