Fuel made from pasties to run cars

Greenergy has come up with a new method to make biodiesel, using oil extracted from food waste.

The green fuel company intends to make use of the oil contained in Cornish pasties, pies, crisps and other food waste to run cars in the near future.

The firm has invested a sum of £50 million in its plant in Immingham, Lincolnshire, to enable it to process used cooking oils.

Greenergy, which produces 10 billion litres of biodiesel and diesel every year, is planning to blend the extracted oil with diesel and sell the new product at petrol stations across the UK.

Andrew Owens, Greenergy's chief executive, said: "We've always tried to find ways of reducing the environmental impact of our fuel and as oil prices continue to rise, it's obviously important to develop alternative sources of fuel.

"The quantities of biodiesel that we're currently producing from solid food waste are small, but we're expecting to scale up so that this soon becomes a significant proportion of our biodiesel.

"It's great to be taking these products, which would otherwise have gone to landfill or compost, and turning them into a new source of fuel."

The project is being carried out by Greenergy is collabortaion with Brocklesby Ltd.

Any food solids that remain are dried and either composted or used to produce energy through anaerobic digestion. But the firm has plans to use the waste to make solid biomass fuel pellets or briquettes, or more fuel for cars in the form of bioethanol.

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