Yorkshire cooking oil to power homes

Waste fat and oil from households is powering Yorkshire homes in a new trial run by Yorkshire Water. Eighty-five homes Bradford are adding to tubs, known as ‘Fat Vats’ which […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Waste fat and oil from households is powering Yorkshire homes in a new trial run by Yorkshire Water.

Eighty-five homes Bradford are adding to tubs, known as ‘Fat Vats’ which can hold 1,000 litres. Once these are filled they’re taken to an energy centre and burned for electricity.

Waste oil in just one Fat Vat could go on to provide the power to make 250,000 cups of Yorkshire tea or even power a microwave for 3,000 hours or 125 days of continual use.

Cooking oil has bunged up the sewers in Bradford Moor area more than 80 times in the past five years.

Duncan Woodhead, the water company’s Network Protection Technician said: “A lot of people don’t realise the damage this can do because these liquids solidify when they get down to the sewers and that can cause blockages. We are all now looking forward to experiencing the benefits this new trial will bring.”

Each year UK householders chuck away 110 kilotonnes of used cooking oil which could power 110,000 homes with carbon neutral electricity, according to Yorkshire Water.