While concerns remain about the use of soybeans and other crops for biofuel production – an inevitable increase in prices of agricultural commodities – Scientists have identified a new source of most unlikely to produce biodiesel: Alligator fat.

This information is not a joke! Their report stating “the fat alligator destined for biofuel production” was published in the ACS, a journal of reference in industrial research and engineering.

Rakesh Bajpai and his colleagues at the University of Louisiana, and noted that most of the 700 million gallons of biodiesel produced in the United States (2008 data) came from soybean oil.

The search for non-food sources for the production of biodiesel has already identified a number of potential candidates, including used oil from fast food restaurants and wastewater. Scientists have learned that fat alligator could join that list. Each year, the meat industry pours alligator about 6 800 tonnes of fat alligator in landfills.

They demonstrated in the laboratory and the oil extracted from this particular fat can be easily converted into biodiesel. Ultimately, this type of oil is actually more suitable for biodiesel production as the oil of certain other animal fats. The composition of biodiesel from “Gator” is similar to that of soybeans, and achieved almost all the official standards in obtaining high-quality biodiesel.

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