Fortune in fat
A Norwegian businessman is looking to earn money on the fat of the land, and create fuel in the USA
Lauri Venøy wants to use the product created from liposuction to develop bio-diesel.
Bio-diesel can be produced from plant oils and/or animal fat, and the Norwegian sees the scheme as a renewable energy source, newspaper Dagens Nærinsgliv reports.
More than sixty percent of Americans are overweight and the Norwegian's firm in Miami, Florida is in the process of signing an agreement with US hospital giant Jackson Memorial. This deal would give Venøy & Co. around 11,500 liters of human fat a week from liposuction operations, which is enough to produce about 10,000 liters of bio-diesel.
"Maybe we should urge people to eat more so we can create more raw material for fuel," Venøy said.
In Norway bio-diesel is primarily produced from fish oils and used fryer fat.