Green Earth Technologies says it has found a way to make motor oil from animal fat. The company’s engine oil will enter a market that hasn’t changed much since Mobil 1 synthetic oil debuted in 1974, AP reports (via Forbes).
Depending on the location, the company’s motor oil will retail for about $5.99 to $6.99. The company’s main competitor – Mobil 1 synthetic oil – retails for about $6.50.
The company has a 52,000 square-foot facility in Oklahoma that can produce 5 million bottles of the oil per month. It gets the animal fat from a nearby slaughterhouse.
GET’s motor oil is already sold at the Home Depot, but the company is still waiting for final marketing approval from the American Petroleum Institute.
Animal manure has also been used to generate green electricity. In January, Energy Trust of Oregon announced a new initiative that could enable the state’s dairy farms to receive cash incentives to turn manure into biogas. At a chicken farm in Beijing, animal waste are expected to produce 14,600 megawatt hours of electricity a year.