burning turkey feces (reprint)
A while back I covered Changing World Technologies - wherein I idly speculated that claims on their web page may have been overstated a squidge.
Well, the plot has thickened, and now smells.
Innovative turkey-to-oil plant eats money, spits out fowl odor
(A) revolutionary plant is turning 270 tons of poultry waste into 300 barrels of crude oil every day. That would be cause for wild celebration in many circles if not for two not-so-minor problems. First, the plant is losing buckets of money, and second, some residents of the town that once welcomed it now pretty much hate it.
It turns out that process of cooking turkey guts, feathers, feces and other waste gives off a horrible stench.
The stench - well, that kind of punishes the early adopters. What really hurts is when you are losing "buckets of money" you don't have positive EROEI.
Instead, he is considering a deal to build a plant in Ireland, where costs would be considerably less, and where a recent news article predicted a plant should be operating by next year.
Yes - move somewhere far, far away where your fame does not preceed you.
Thanks to Clark Williams-Derry of Cascadia Scorecard for the link.
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(Article originated April 15 2005) RR posting analysis on "what went wrong" here.