The Belgian producer of renewable energy ELECTRAWINDS achieved a notable feat last weekend. The staff at the biofuel power plant in Mouscron have produced a car which drives for 24 hours entirely on animal waste fats. This same biomass is used as fuel in the power plant at Mouscron to produce green energy.
Electrawinds wanted to use this frivolous initiative to prove that there is more to waste substances than meets the eye. The animal waste fat comes from abattoirs and fat processing plants and is no longer suitable for human or animal consumption. It is purified in the bio fuel power plants in Ostend and Mouscron to become clean fuel which is injected into large ship engines to generate electricity.
The fuel, which is used for the ‘Biofuel Racing Challenge’, is not biodiesel, but is for 100% a waste product. The staff at the biofuel power plant in Mouscron has converted the car (Audi A4) entirely on their own in their spare time.
The biggest challenge was keeping the waste fat warm. The fuel had to be kept at a constant temperature of about 90°C. Otherwise, the liquid might have thickened or, worst of all, even solidified. Despite this unique achievement, Electrawinds does not intend to commercialise this experiment.