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In a process called saponification, an alkali is used to cause changes in animal or vegetable fats, leaving behind soap and glycerol.
In 2011, Joel Ducoste of North Carolina State University and his team reported that the same process that can turn lard into soap, called saponification, happens in sewer grease if calcium’s around.
That's because typical biodiesel processing uses lye, which turns into soap when it's combined with highly fatty oils in a reaction called saponification, Hood said.
In other words, the saponification had turned them soap-like.
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