Sunday, May 04, 2008

Turning Used Vegetable Oil into Fuel?

We had a wonderful opportunity recently to meet up with the folks at VegRev ( to learn how they're converting diesel cars, trucks and buses to run on clean burning veggie oil!

Unlike bio-Diesel which takes almost as much energy to produce as it gives back in fuel, and is really only a petroleum supplement - waste vegetable oil from restaurants using deep fryers is 100% sustainable and burns a lot cleaner too. Bio-Diesel requires chemical processing for the fuel itself, Veggie Oil requires only a few simple modifications to the vehicle. The other crucial point to note about bio-Diesel is that it's contributing to higher food costs, by diverting food staple crops toward this inefficient fuel.

Not too many people know this, but the Diesel engine was actually designed originally to run on peanut oil!

We want to thank the folks at VegRev for doing their part in helping us all begin to see a better way of doing things. We also want to thank Chef Mike C. of Kitchen on Fire ( for coming down and being our Hippy Gourmet host for this show.

Stay tuned for a fantastic episode coming with Mike C. and the folks from VegRev, where we deep fry organic Potato and Tortilla Chips, delicious Tempura and yummy Banana Fritters - and then take all the waste oil and pour it into a converted VegRev car!

Peace, Love and Organics!

Your Hippy Gourmet family

1 comment:

A. Samuel said...


I'm afraid you've confused biodiesel with ethanol. Making biodiesel yields almost 3 times the energy it provides. Ethanol is marginally positive.