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After nearly two years of planning and implementation, we are excited to announce that, beginning in January, our Whole Foods Market commissary kitchen in Massachusetts will get 100% of its electricity from recycled cooking oil.  Yeah! The waste vegetable oil used for frying food at the commissary kitchen facility as well as from 21 Whole Foods Market stores across the Northeast region, will be used as a biofuel in a cogeneration module using an internal combustion engine to generate electricity and usable heat.  We expect to repurpose over 1,200 gallons of cooking oil a week, which was previously considered a waste product, to fuel a system that reduces our dependency on conventional fossil fuel sources and results in less harmful emissions -- helping us move one step closer to our goal of becoming a zero waste company. The generator will have the capacity to meet the electricity needs of the entire commissary, just over 2,000,000 kWh's per year.  Producing electricity with waste biomass avoids new carbon dioxide emissions attributed to electricity generated using fossil fuels. Vegetable oil exhaust emissions that are produced contain virtually zero sulfur oxides and sulfates, major contributors to acid rain. The Boston Globe ran a great in-depth story on the new generator.  Lifecycle Renewables will be installing and operating the system as well as coordinating and managing the logistics involved with weekly waste cooking oil collections and fuel delivery. A huge thank you to everyone who has worked on bringing this great project to fruition.

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Elena says …

That is great news... given that is is not going to an air pollutant (I am assuming that it won't be). It would be great if you allowed your customer to recycle oil at Whole Foods stores and use our recycled oil as well :) Is that something Whole Foods is willing to consider?

james34 says …

Thank you. Very good post.

Dinamo Zagreb Forum says …

Nice post, thank you very much. Btw, nice blog ;)

Richard says …

Seems like I read a local ad recently that WF Dallas Lakewood will be accepting used veg oils for recycle. Does anybody know dates and times? Would hope this could be permanent. I've got jugs of old peanut oil. Thanks!

MWest says …

Nowadays, more and more people are realizing the importance of utilizing waste cooking oil (WCO) into biodiesel and other green products that is definitely for the greater good. The collection of WCO is an essential part of the system and in Texas for instance, there are <a href="http://www.1stchoicegrease.com" rel="nofollow">grease collection Texas</a> companies that pick up waste oil and transport it to recycling facilities that convert it to Biodiesel.