Fish Waste Biodiesel Project Launched in Vietnam
What to do when your corner of the world consumes 5 million liters of diesel fuel a day and you have a fish processing industry which can produce 120,000 kilograms of processed fish waste daily from just one factory? Turn that waste into biodiesel, obviously.
That’s just what Finland’s VTT Technical Research Center and Vietnamese seafood producer Hiep Thanh Seafood JSC are doing under a three-year project:One Kilogram Fish Waste = One Liter Biodiesel
Known as ENERFISH, the fish waste to biodiesel project has a €5 million ($6.3 million) budget and is expected to be completed in 2011. The project will turn the aforementioned 120,000 kilos of processed fish waste into biodiesel; if previous production estimates bear out the facility will produce 120,000 liters of biodiesel per day.
Since 2006 local Vietnamese companies have attempted to turn fish waste into biodiesel but have found doing so to be too expensive at times, as the export market for fish waste (used as animal feed) drove prices up.
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