Cheesesteaks, fries to feed Philadelphia? New partnership turning restaurant fat into green energy – CBS Miami
PHILADELPHIA (CBS Philly) – Cheesesteaks and fries to fuel Philadelphia? This is exactly what is happening with a new partnership that turns restaurant fat into green energy.
While this dirty liquid may not look like the future of clean energy, gallons of it heat cities across America, including Philadelphia, from Two Liberty to Thomas Jefferson University.
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“The term waste may be out of date,” said Lifecycle Renewables CEO Rory Gaunt.
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“Our system in Philly is the second in North America, just behind Manhattan,” said Bill DiCroce, president and CEO of Vicinity Energy.
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All food is dietary fat. Specifically, the vegetable oil used, a staple to cook favorites at some of Philly’s most famous restaurants like the Arancini and Papas Fritas in Barbuzzo in the city center.
“We reformat it and then we return it to Philly as energy,” DiCroce said.
Every week, Lifecycle Renewables collection trucks cycle through restaurant aisles vacuuming barrels of what would otherwise go to landfills or sewers. It is then unloaded at a facility in Chester, where it is cleaned and turned into green energy for distribution through Vicinity Energy’s two local factories and 40 miles of pipeline under the city.
“It can go straight to our plant to be burned as an alternative to fuel oil,” said DiCroce. “Without carbon footprint.”
Together, Lifecycle Renewables and Vicinity Energy will recycle over a million gallons of restaurant waste each year with the goal of being net zero by 2050, and they hope everyone takes a bite out of the idea.
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“Every time you go out to a restaurant or eat a Philly cheesesteak, you are going to be a part of Philly greening history,” said DiCroce.