No secrets any more


It was one thing developing and perfecting the process of converting used cooking oil into electricity.

It took belief, initiative, invention and patience, and went on quietly behind closed doors.

But that’s all in the past. We now have a duty to make it work, especially with the county councils and other organisations partnering us in this scheme.

That’s why we exhibited on March 11th at Expo Ed 2008 at the Burgess Hall in St Ives, Cambridgeshire.

This important exhibition, organised jointly by Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (ESPO) and Cambridgeshire County Council, is for schools and local government.

It was attended primarily by Cambridgeshire schools, but there were also visitors from surrounding local education authorities including Peterborough, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

The exhibition stand featured a diagram showing the lifecycle of vegetable oil, a lifecycle now extended by the invention of LF100 and the generation of clean electricity.

The same story has been graphically told in a new booklet produced by Living Fuels, copies of which are available free of charge, please get in touch.

In case anyone needs convincing about not throwing used cooking oil down the drain, just look at these dramatic pictures supplied by Anglian Water who spend more than £5 million a year cleaning up the mess.

This shows a typical scene beneath street level as deposits build up. It has to be dealt with so that waste material can actually get through to purification plants.

The second picture shows the same sewer clear again with a normal flow restored. Let’s all help keep it that way.

Collette Nicholls of Anglian Water commented: “We have been campaigning to raise awareness about the threat that fats, oils and grease from kitchens pose to the environment when they get into the sewer.

“We applaud initiatives which help to stop any food waste going down the sink, and we hope that our customers will take up this opportunity to recycle their waste cooking oil."