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Lecture reveals T&T can recycle waste KFC oil

Chair lecturer, Department of Physics. at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and president of the Caribbean Solar Energy Society, Dr Indra Haraksingh, left, presents a token to ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Yong Kyu Kwon, at yesterday’s opening of the Korea-Caribbean renewable energy workshop at the UWI Campus, St Augustine. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON

T&T can recycle its overabundance of KFC waste oil into  bio-diesel. Making the statement was University of the West Indies (UWI) lecturer Dr Indra Haraksingh at the Korea-Caribbean Renewable Energy Workshop at the Faculty of Agriculture and Sciences, UWI, St Augustine, yesterday. He added: “We can look at developing some bio-fuels from waste oils. We have many KFCs in T&T. There’s a lot of waste oil.

“Maybe we can take it from  KFC and do something with it but this is one of the things somebody can look at.” She said there was need to balance between trying to develop bio-fuels and land use and food security. Haraksingh said all the islands had the potential for solar, wind, geo-thermal energy, bio-mass, ocean and tidal energy and some hydro-electricity development and the Government’s thrust was to develop solar and wind energy. Republic of Korea ambassador Yong Kyu Kwon said T&T’s interest in promoting the use of CNG was one of the issues which was discussed by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Communication, Dr Surujrattan Rambachan, at the first high-level forum on Korea-Caribbean Partnership in Seoul, in October.

Following that the embassy proposed one session allocated to a presentation on CNG and also had organised visits for the delegation to meet with officials from the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) and The Trinidad and Tobago Solid Waste Management Company Limited (SWMCOL) respectively. Yong said: “At present, T&T is co-operating with Korea in the energy sector. “As such, Samsung Engineering has been highly involved in refinery modernisation of Petrotrin at Point-a-Pierre.”

He said while co-operation in the energy field was minimal, including the renewable energy sector, he believed there were greater potentials and opportunities for future development in the renewable energy sector, such as the possibility of even harvesting the heavy rainfall in T&T.

Source: T& T Guardian



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