Lauri Venoy, a Norwegian businessman who now lives in Miami, is negotiating with Jackson Memorial Hospital to obtain the 11.5 litres of human fat obtained from liposuction operations every week.
The fat from the hospital would normally be burned but now could be turned into biodiesel. Work is underway to build a sterilisation tank for the fat to meet the businessman's requirements.
Venoy's company sells safety equipment and makes biodiesel from biological waste, normally purchased from restaurants and ships. Higher prices for conventional fuel and growing environmental concern are driving up demand for biofuels.