Pia, no chickens were harmed specifically for conversion to aviation fuels. Chicken fat is a byproduct of the chicken processing industry. When you convert a chicken into legs, thighs, boneless/skinless breasts etc. for market you have a LOT of chicken fat left behind which must be disposed of. In the past it most went to hog feed or waste. Now it may be converted to aviation fuels. Like you say, we're not fans of the fat either. Let's put it to good use.
I have burned chicken fat diesel in both of my diesel cars. It is great. The engine loves this alternative. Problem running 100% chicken fat bio under 40 degrees. Great if it is mixed.
This is a great feed stock for bio diesel. Soy beans is not a viable choice for long term.
We should be using ever available source for producing bio diesel.
For every gallon of bio diesel we use it is a gallon of fuel we are not having to import.
Cars in Europe are well over 50% diesel. Any car you see here in the US there is a diesel version in Europe.
Ford has a diesel in Europe that get 65 MPG. Why is it not for sale in the US
China has leased over 1 million acres of land around the world for growing algae for diesel fuel.
I get upto 50 MPG in my Jetta Diesel wagon.
GO Bio Diesel
Energy independence should be our top priority.
How many chickens does it take to produce a gallon of bio jet fuel? It takes approximately 25 pounds of corn to produce a gallon of ethanol. The US produces about 600 billion pounds of corn annually. If ALL the corn grown in the US was used for ethanol, we could produce 24 billion gallons annually. That sound like a lot until you discover here in the US we burn about 380 million gallons of gasoline... A DAY! Al Gore even had to confess that ethanol was a bad idea. Bio fuel fanatics seem to have no grasp of the big picture. US airlines burn around 16 billion gallons of jet fuel annually. So, how many chickens is that? Researchers seem to be able to do the math when it comes to grants and handouts, but get myopia when it come to feasible applications.
LandPilot - you're a lone voice of reason in the sea of corrupted tax-money-grabbing politicians and corporations exploiting uneducated masses green enthusiasm :)
For example, green aliens around here even would like to believe that "electrical" car you plug into garage wall outlet is such a swell and clean idea, forgetting that 50% of US electricity is generated by burning the dirtiest fuel - coal. And nobody counts enviromental damage from production and disposal of huge hi-capacity batteries. Apparently nobody learned in school that multiple stages of energy conversion with very low efficiency are horrendously ineffcient ways to use energy. 30% after 30% is just 9%, etc.
Renewable bio is just a hoax for naive and a profit for "enetrepreneral" buddies of politicians exploiting the naives. All biomass on Earth is just low-efficiency converter of solar energy into chemical storage. Anything directly converting solar energy to consumable energy would beat anything bio hands down. Instead of covering acres with pools with algae you'd be ultimately better of covering these acres with solar batteries. But even if all suitable land on Eareth would be covered in solar batteries it would not satisfy planetary needs even close....
As far as gasoline prices go - I think it's obvious for anybody but blind that most of the price of the crude - is pure financial speculation that is used by international global corporate gangs free of any state regulations to create snow ski resorts in the hottest deserts, Bahrain(now Chinese)-owned Cirrus, Brunei-owned Piper, multiple bedroom golden flying houses in huge Boeings, barocco palaces in Russia, etc.
Price of energy is primary in any technological civilization - it can be declared theoreticaly to $1 (unit) forever and everything else can be derived from it by the market. "Free-market", "demand/supply" here is nothing but the popular way to explain away the global robbery and blackmail by robbers to those who are being robbed...
True solutions for planetary needs for clean renewable energy are in space - but if you didn't notice the current adminstration of once shining city on the hill for humanity, US of A, stopped and retired alltogether manned space program recently. No more future. Nothing. That's when you know that you're third world country already.... All we can do is to keep growing corn, make liquor and fat chickens.
Some very well-intentioned patriots and believers in a "free" global energy markets woud usually try convince us that if only we all start driving 50mpg carton boxes or strap high-voltage batteries under gas tanks the price of gasoline would go down and America would stave off its economic decline.
Even if everybody in USA would commute in a rickshaw nothing will prevent global energy "traders" to continue happily scalping trillions on global sales of oil. And everybody else will just continue to pay to global corporate thugs - directly to tax-non-paying global oil and oil speculators and via tax-subsidies to their bio-snake-oils salesmen buddies to brainwashed population that never studied physics and who don't give the flick about America's economic decline. Global corporations and their operators couldn't care less about America from the jets overflying it on the way to exclusive locations of the world which they own too - to live...:) The rest can drive a carton box or shine their shoes, or just disappear and re-populated by cheap mass labor.
Global greed won - on a planetary scale. Nation-states are owned by global interests and are irrelevant as global markets and corporations are out of their reach and petty laws. Plus they write their laws to accomodate them anyway when needed anywhere in the world. Nothing can stave off America's decline now. But don't take my word for it, just wait and see.