Researchers seem to go beyond delicacies with the feathered bird – Chicken. The University of Arkansas fraternity has developed a way to convert chicken fat to a bio-diesel fuel with a hope to find an efficient way to help power automobiles and trucks. Though bio-diesel producers have used refined products like soybean oil as they are easier to convert to fuels, their refining process makes soybean oil more expensive. But, chicken fat can be a less-expensive substitute because it is available at a low cost.
This research allows bio-diesel producers to assess different materials to see what works best. To convert different grades of chicken fat into fuels, producers will be able to choose the best way. Chicken-fat fuels are better for the environment and the machines, R.E. Babcock, a professor of chemical engineering said. The researchers claim that they burn better, create less particulate matter and actually lubricate and clean things like cylinders, pistons and fuel lines.