9,000 dead chickens to warm Umeå

A power company based in the north of Sweden is planning to generate heat from an unusual fuel: chickens.

Umeå Energi is seeking permission to help egg producers get rid of their dead birds by burning 9,000 chickens a year at the Dåva power plant near Umeå .

The hens will be mixed with other, more combustible, waste products before they are put in the furnace, reported local newspaper Västerbottens-Kuriren.

Henrik Bristav, who is responsible for environmental strategy at Umeå Energi, told the paper that the reason for the move is not that the power company is short of flammable fuel – rather that they are doing local egg producers a favour.

He did not rule out the possibility of taking carcasses from other sources in future.

“We can certainly try it out now and then,” said Bristav.

“But not from any bigger animals. Chickens are just the right size.”