Biodiesel Powered Boat Makes World Record Attempt Using Human Fat As Fuel
This isn’t the first attempt Â at the world record for global circumnavigation by Pete Bethune’s EARTHRACE; a futuristic looking watercraft heralded as the fastest eco boat on the planet.Â According to this article in The Daily Mail
Bethune and his wife mortgaged their house and sold everything they own to help make the project happen, while continuing to seek support from sponsors.
Demonstrating further commitment to the cause, Bethune underwent liposuction and donated enough to produce 100ml of biofuel, while two other, larger volunteers also had the procedure, making a total of 10 liters of human fat.
This in turn produced seven liters of biofuel, which could help the boat travel about 15km.
Which I think is probably a first for…well…anyone or anything.
The first attempt at setting a world record started in Barbados on March 10, 2007 but it ended in tragedy as the boat collided with a fishing boat near Guatemala killing one of the boats crew.Â The Earthrace and crew were held for 10 days while awaiting a judge’s decision on the accident.Â All were eventually cleared but by that time they had failed in their attempt.Â Then theÂ second attemptÂ was launched; this timeÂ leaving from San Diego on April 3rd, 2007 but had to be aborted when a crack was discovered in the hull.
But people who are willing to liposuction fat out of their bodies for fuel are not the type to give up at something like a cracked hull.Â In March of 2008 the Earthrace will again set out from Spain in an attempt to set the world record for global circumnavigation; all the while contributing zero carbon to the atmosphere.Â Let’s hope that the third time’s the charm.