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Tilapia Fish Power

Food Chain, Honduras

Biodiesel
As the oil price keeps rising, people are franticly looking for alternatives to fuel their beloved automobiles. In the last decade a great source of energy has sprung up from the agricultural sector. Biodiesel can now be made from rapeseed ad ethanol can be made from corn or sugar cane. The problem is that also takes a great amount of energy to plant, grow and harvest these crops. Moreover, the entire corn produce of the USA would cover only 12% of the current petrol use. So, the search for new kinds of biodiesel is ongoing.

Tilapia Fish Power
Tilapia - also know as the Saint Peter fish - has become a highly popular consumption fish. Regal Springs Tilapia is one the largest exporters of Tilapia in the world. 25.000 Tuns of fish is shipped per year, mainly to the United States. Apart from the clean and eatable parts of the fish, there is a substantial amount of fish waste. Often this kind of left over material is dumped into the Ocean, where it causes a disbalance in nutriciants. As alternative, The Regal Springs facility in Honduras has its own biodiesel plant on the property, where excess fish oils are transformed into 11.000 liters of biodiesel per day.

Self-sufficient factory
Regal Springs uses the biodiesel to self-sufficiently operate their fish meal plant. Also all the company's generators, cars, trucks and busses to transport the 1500 staff members run on renewable tilapia biodiesel. The vehicles proudly carry a 'TILAPIA POWER' sticker.