Petrobras will start making biodiesel from tilapia waste. (Photo: Stock File/FIS)
Biopeixe, a solution to use tilapia waste
Thursday, November 22, 2012, 23:00 (GMT + 9)
As the result of a project developed by government agencies and a private company, equipment for the proper utilization of the waste generated by processing Nile tilapia farmed in the main reservoirs of this state was officially launched in Ceará.
Ceará annually produces about 30,000 tonnes of tilapia. The viscera, which represent about 10 per cent of this fish are discarded at present while they could be used to produce biofuels.
Given this reality, the Industrial Technology Core Foundation of Ceará (Nutec), an entity linked to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education of the State (Secitece), launched Biopeixe Machine, which converts 50 per cent of the viscera into fats for the production of oil and this product will, in turn, be transformed into biofuel.
Jose Tarcísio Costa Filho, Biopeixe project coordinator, said that this equipment has the ability to produce 25 litres of oil in one hour, and will be used in the factory that Petrobras operates in Quixadá.
The equipment will be produced by Ekipar, which plans to build 10 machines in 2013, according to Assis Moura anticipated to O Povo.
Costa Filho said that "the Ministry of Cities together with Banco do Nordeste and Dnocs, intends to make the equipment available for local production arrangements in the communities that benefit the tilapia culture."
The aim is to close the tilapia production cycle in this way.
Meanwhile, Silvano Cavalcante, Petrobas Supply manager in the Northeast region, announced that next week the machine will be installed in the unit that belongs to Petrobras in Pentecoste.
The idea is that it begins performing real scale field trials.
"After these tests, Petrobras intends to sign a contract for the purchase of all the fish oil produced in Ceará," Cavalcante anticipated.
Meanwhile, Lindberg Gonçalves, the chairman of Nutec, said the Secretariat of Fisheries will send the Ministry of Fisheries the results obtained with the equipment to be adopted throughout the country, since it generates revenue and is beneficial to the environment.
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By Analia Murias