Using dead chickens to generate electricity probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind in terms of alternative energy.

However, Umea Energi, a Swedish firm, is ready to move forward with a proposal that would use chicken carcasses from egg farms as fuel for a power-generating furnace.

Umea operates in the frozen north of Sweden and is seeking a permit to burn as many as 9,000 dead hens per year along with other combustible waste, the newspaper Västerbottens-Kuriren reports.

Company officials said they had plenty of non-poultry fuel sources and would use the carcasses as a favor to the egg ranchers. At the same time, a company spokesman noted that chickens are just the right size for the fuel stream.

Source: Earthtimes
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