Beached whale turned into biofuel

The fat of a whale that has washed ashore two weeks ago at the Belgium coast of Knokke-Heist will be used to produce green energy. Belgium energy company Electrawinds released the news to the public last Thursday.

It is estimated that the sperm whale weighs 25 tonnes, half of which consists of fat. After the fat has been processed to biomass the organic end product will go to the biofuel plant of Electrawinds in Ostend. The biofuel will be injected into gigantic ship engines that manufacture green energy.The 12.5 tonnes of the sperm whale can render up to 50,000 kWh of green energy. This corresponds to the annual consumption of 14 families (assuming an annual average consumption of 3,500 kWh).

The biofuel plant in Ostend has been in operation since 2005 and processes mainly CAT 1 fat derived from rendering companies and abattoirs.



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