OUTWELL: Father and son create new machines to take the sting out of fuel prices
EXCLUSIVE By MAGGIE GIBSON PAUL Davies quit his job and his dad came out of retirement to build machines to convert waste oil to bio diesel at 21p a litre and save motorists hundreds of pounds a year. They are selling the machines through their company F
By MAGGIE GIBSON
PAUL Davies quit his job and his dad came out of retirement to build machines to convert waste oil to bio diesel at 21p a litre and save motorists hundreds of pounds a year.
They are selling the machines through their company Fenland Bio-Diesel Processors and can make five a week at their premises in Outwell.
Paul said: "I have taken a gamble leaving work to start up my own business but when people get to hear that they can save money and do their bit for the environment I think it has got to be a win, win situation all round."
"It took us three months to develop the machine and when you have used this machine once it is a piece of cake."
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The machines sell at around £1,100 and Paul reckons that users will save that amount of money in five months. The fuel is so green that it gives off 98 per cent less emissions than normal diesel and the emissions are no more harmful to the environment that a plant dying and naturally decomposing.
Bio-diesel also uses waste products which for many years have been emptied into landfill sites or emptied down drains.
Concerns about the cost of fuel led to Paul and his father Brian investigating what machines were already available.
He said: "We decided they didn't do everything we wanted them to and we could do much better. If your car runs on diesel then it can run on bio-diesel.
A six hour process gives 50 litres of fuel - just 45 minutes of that time is spent operating the machine.
Domestic users can legally produce 2,500 litres of bio-diesel a year tax and duty free. Brian uses the fuel to power his central heating system at his Outwell bungalow.