The world's cutest biofuel: burning bunnies.

Stockholm has a pest problem - thousands of rabbits (the descendants of escaped pets) have to be culled every year to stop them eating all the green spaces.  The culled bunnies are frozen and stored.

But the fate of these cute corpses is causing a stir amongst Stockholm residents.

The rigid rabbits are collected by contractors, taken to the town of Karlskog, and burned to heat the town.

Leo Virta, the Managing Director of Konvex - the plant's suppliers - told the BBC that Konvex has developed a new way of processing animal waste with funding from the EU as part of the Biomal project.

He says that with this new method, raw animal material is crushed, ground and then pumped to a boiler where it is burned together with wood chips, peat or waste to produce renewable heat.

"It is a good system as it solves the problem of dealing with animal waste and it provides heat," said Mr Virta.

The Karlskogans don't mind what provides their heat, but in Stockholm, the urbanised residents think they're just too cute to burn...

What do you think?  Clever use of waste biomass, or cruelty to bunnies?


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bounty10128 years ago
A bit evil, isnt it? 
PKM bounty10128 years ago
Why? If the rabbits were going to be culled anyway, and were killed in as humane a manner as practical, does it matter what the city then do with them?<br /> <br /> I suspect, as TUA kind-of said, this is only newsworthy because of the "WTF factor". Yes, the sun-to-radiators efficiency isn't great, but this is presumably just a two-birds-with-one-stone (NPI) solution for getting rid of the unwanted rabbit corpses. My guess is they would have been incinerated anyway for <a href="http://www.biomal.com/index.php?id=21">health reasons</a>, and this is just recovering a little energy from that process.<br /> <br /> Have to love the little diagram on the biomal website of a lorry full of cows :)<br />
crapflinger PKM8 years ago
the two birds rule is probably a good application here....they almost deffinitely would be incenerating the bunnies anyway because they probably cannot sell them for food production due to the fact that they're wild bunnies (probably also killed by poisoning anyway)

though...if you're going to claim it as a green energy source...you have to justify the transportation etc...
PKM crapflinger8 years ago
Well, I guess the idea for the future is bunny-powered lorries will transport them to the bunny-powered freezer, then to the bunny-powered crushing/grinding/pumping station. 

I like the mental image of a bunny-powered lorry with rows of hamster wheels along the sides driving the transmission :)

When the energy used in making biofuel itself comes from renewable sources, then "we have only to find a cure for the common cold and the atomic bomb and mankind may yet have its season in the sun".
What would a cure for the atomic bomb be like?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deinococcus_radiodurans
Wasagi kelseymh8 years ago
 Ohhhh..

I thought it would be about Radiactive Dromeosaurids, I was wrong..

Still, Really cool!
PKM kelseymh8 years ago
As a consequence of its hardiness, it has been nicknamed "Conan the Bacterium"
This makes me happy :)

This also makes me happy... crazy stuff.
Woah!
Of course those nerds picked "It's A Small World." I certainly would have!
I am going to go make a cartoon about Conan the Bacterium.
Goodhart PKM8 years ago
Bunnies do not <em>run</em> well, they pretty much hop, even at top speed, so placing them inside wheels would not work well... ;-)<br /> <div id="refHTML"> </div>
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