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New green technology converts fried chicken into electricity

New green technology converts fried chicken into electricity

Taipei, March 29 (CNA) A new fried chicken vending cart that can convert gas waste from frying chicken into electricity was unveiled Wednesday at a military dual-use technology exhibition held at the Lung-Yuan Research Park in Taoyuan County, northern Taiwan. The cart, invented by the Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (CIST) converts waste gas from frying chicken into the electricity the cart needs to power its lighting system, extract cooking smoke, recharge the cart, and power advertisements and its frying safety system, said CIST second research division deputy-director Wu Chia-Fu. The idea was inspired by the process of generating electricity by recycling heat emitted by military vehicles. The chicken cart system costs about NT$50,000 (US$1,692.21), said Yu Chin-hung, one of the members of the institute's dual-use technology project. The cart can help reduce gas waste and improve the air quality at night markets, where fried chicken stands are a ubiquitous sight. Other renewable energy technologies unveiled by CIST include the application of an uninterruptible power supply (UPS), which is a smart power storage system commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs Department of Industrial Technology (DOI). The project is aimed at building next- generation electricity saving systems to make the application of renewable energy in Taiwan more widely available. The smart energy storage system can manage and control many forms of renewable energy including wind and solar power, said CIST researcher Liao Yu-min. The energy system can act as a small but mobile electricity system, and when several systems are assembled, can form a power network for disaster relief, the outlying islands, remote areas, battlefield communications, and can even be incorporated into city electricity systems, Liao added. The advantages of UPS is it can make up for the shortcomings of renewable energy, which tends to be unstable and intermittent. The integrated power system can provide electricity of a quality similar to that of Taiwan Power Company, according to Liao. In addition, a dune buggy powered by solar and recycled heat that can reach speeds of up to 120 kph was also shown at the exhibition. (By Chen Pei-huang and C.J. Lin)


Updated : 2021-10-22 12:39 GMT+08:00