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At BP we don’t like to see good ideas go to waste. That’s why we’re backing Californian company Fulcrum BioEnergy – to help turn everyday household waste into energy

The humble banana skin has sent many comedians tumbling to the floor. Now, it’s helping 300-ton airliners to take off. We’re not joking.


We’re working with Californian company Fulcrum BioEnergy to do exactly that.


It has found a new way to transform household waste into jet fuel.


What’s more, the process uses a new ‘garbage technology’ developed with BP’s scientists. 

Our first project is the Sierra BioFuels Plant located in Storey County, Nevada, approximately 20 miles east of Reno.


The plant diverts the amount of trash that’s sent to landfill. Also, the fuel made at the plant produces 80 percent less carbon emissions than that of conventional petroleum fuel.


Once it’s fully operational, Fulcrum’s Sierra plant will be eating up around 175,000 tons of household garbage a year, and turning it into approximately 11 million gallons of fuel. That’s enough for at least 180 return flights between London and New York.


Taking out the rubbish has never been more satisfying. 

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