Biofuel will be made from tilapia viscera. (Photo: Niall Crotty/FIS - CC BY-SA 2.5)
Two new biofuel tilapia-based plants built
Friday, March 15, 2013, 23:30 (GMT + 9)
In late March, the opening of two biofuel tilapia- based plants in the towns Jaguaribara and Morada Nova, in Vale do Jaguaribe, was announced by Joacir Moreira, one of the coordinators of the project under the direction of the National Department of Works Against Drought (DNOCS).
Jaguaribara plant must be implemented later this month as a result of the need to solve the environmental problems generated by the disposal of fish waste.
Besides, in the unit belonging to Morada Nova biodiesel and ethanol will be produced.
Moreira explained: "The big problem in the region is the viscera that are thrown to the ground and contaminate groundwater."
And he added, "As a result, the plant will use all this discarded material for biofuel production," Diario do Nordeste reported.
The decision to extract grease for biofuel production resulted from a study conducted by the Centre for Industrial Technology Foundation of Ceará (Nutec), linked to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education of the State (Secitece).
In the factory 50 per cent of tilapia discard will be turned into grease.
The second step is to process the raw material and transform it into biofuel.
According to experts, the viscera represent 10 per cent of tilapia weight.
The plant is expected to produce about 8,000 litres of biofuel per day.
Also, the federal government will buy biodiesel through the company Petrobras.
"These are two important points that the municipality earns with the factory: first, in the case of biodiesel from fish viscera, it adds value to fish production as the discarded material becomes valuable; and second, it solves an environmental problem because the material is intended for oil production," Moreira added.
By Analia Murias