The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

13 September 2005

I hesitate to call this "renewable"

From Ananova:

A German inventor says he's found a way to make cheap diesel fuel out of dead cats. Dr Christian Koch, 55, from Kleinhartmannsdorf, said his method uses old tyres, weeds and animal cadavers. They are heated up to 300 [degrees] Celsius to filter out hydrocarbon which is then turned into diesel by a catalytic converter.

He said the resulting "high quality bio-diesel" costs just 15 pence per litre. Koch said the cadaver of a fully grown cat can produce 2.5 litres of fuel — meaning around 20 cats are needed for a full tank. He said: "I tank my car with my own diesel mixture and have driven it for 105,000 miles without any problems."

Annelise Krauss of the Dresden Animal Protection Association blasted Koch's new diesel though, saying: "This is as bad as experimenting on animals."

I assume this makes 102.

(By way of "Cosmo" at NRO's The Corner.)

Addendum, 16 September: Dr Koch says his work has been misrepresented:

I've never used cats and would never think of that. At most the odd toad may have jumped in.

Surely not an arroyo toad.

Posted at 3:18 PM to Family Joules

Now that's about as weird and disgusting as anything else I've heard lately. Guess PETA will get all worked up into a lather over it. Hmmmm...wonder if it would work with certain groups of voters on the other side of the fence?

Posted by: Winston at 6:15 PM on 13 September 2005

This isn't all that innovative. I remember reading something over a year ago about someone who had invented a way to make diesel fuel out of waste from poultry packing operations. Probably anything carbon based can be used to make fuel.

Posted by: Lynn S at 6:15 PM on 14 September 2005