A chemistry professor from the University of York has figured out a method for turning orange peels, rind and pith - the stuff left over when producing orange juice - into the raw material for biofuel. By using what are essentially high-powered microwaves, Professor James Clark captures gas from discarded orange gunk that can be used in the production of water purifiers, plastics and ethanol.
In a news release on the University's site, Professor Clark said of the process : "Waste orange peel is an excellent example of a wasted resource. In Brazil, the world's largest producer of orange juice, half the orange fruit is left as waste once the juice has been recovered. This corresponds to three million tonnes a year of orange peel that can be used to produce chemicals, materials and fuels."
That all sounds great. But perhaps our favourite part of this story? The lab at Professor Clark's university has launched a research partnership with the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and the University of Cordoba in Spain, and they've given the best possible name to their triple research threat: the Orange Peel Exploitation Company.
Which, when acronym-ized... is OPEC.