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New life for cooking oil as an Eco-Diesel Fuel

Date Posted: 2009-01-29

Deep frying oils used for cooking fish, chicken, vegetables, shrimp and Tonkatsu are no longer considered waste, as ecologically minded businessmen move to adapt the oils as fuel.

Junichi Nakamura is one such businessman who sees a bright future in transforming used cooking oils to an Eco Diesel Fuel (EDF). Teaming up with Uruma City, Nakamura has designed factories in Uruma City, with the biggest refinery located in Ishikawa’s Higashionna area. Working with a ¥166 billion budget from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Uruma City, the EDF plant will convert used oils to fuel.

Uruma City plans to pay residents ¥15 for each liter of used cooking oil supplied to the company, Eco Energy Institution. Uruma City says it will collect, refine and recycle the oils from all residents, then turn it over to Eco Energy Institute to make EDF. It’s the first such plant in Okinawa to fully address EDF, and Uruma City says it will use the adaptive product in city vehicles.

The company, in tandem with Uruma City, expects to manufacture 100 tons of EDF each day. If supplies fall short, company officials say they’ll draw upon the Prefecture Sanitary Association for support in collecting used oil from residential locations.

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