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ICRAF study shows jatropha isn’t viable for Kenya

In Kenya, a study from ICRAF shows that jatropha isn’t a viable crop for the country because there is no market for the seeds, the values and yields are low, farmers don’t know how to grow it well and its early reputation as a miracle crop has destroyed most of the farmer appetite for the […]

April 15, 2014 More

Jatropha fertilizer toxin removal patented system for purchase

In California, seven patents covering water treatment, algae, and food-related areas have been released for sale by Allen and Peter Schuh. After oil has been extracted from jatropha, the press cakes remaining have previously not been usable as human and animal nutrition because of the toxins lectins and phorbol esters, both components in the fertilizers […]

February 17, 2014 More

Grand Bahama Power Co opens jatropha biofuel demo project

In the Bahamas, Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) held the opening ceremony on Tuesday for their Biofuel Demonstration Project. Partnering with the Grand Bahama Port Authority, The Grand Bahama Development Company and the Garden of the Groves, the project focuses on the feasibility of cultivating jatropha to make biodiesel fuel that would be burned in […]

November 28, 2013 More

SG Biofuels seeking $30.6 million from IDB for jatropha in Guatemala

In Guatemala, SG Biofuels has sought $30.6 million from the Inter-American Development Bank to plant jatropha on 25,000 acres of land unsuitable for food production with the aim of producing 6.2 million gallons of biodiesel annually. The $76 million project is under evaluation by the bank who may provide the financing as a loan as […]

October 8, 2013 More

Hawaii Pure Plant Oil to supply jatropha oil to Pacific Biodiesel

In Hawaii, jatropha harvesting began last week at the Hawaii Pure Plant Oil (HIPPO) farm founded in 2008 by father and son partners Christian and James Twigg-Smith. HIPPO has planted a total of 200 acres of jatropha in the Puna district of Hawaii Island with the intent of harvesting its seeds and extracting the oil […]

August 21, 2013 More

7 Hot Energy Crops for Advanced Biofuels: What’s Happening?

Miscanthus, sorghum, switchgrass, jatropha, camelina, carinata, and arundo. Who’s doing what to bring these crops to scale — and who are the potential big winners? Hot molecules, big markets, proven technologies, ready finance, supportive policy. Sometimes they feel  miles away, sometimes right at hand. But none of them mean anything without sustainable, affordable, reliable, available […]

August 8, 2013 More

GreenGold Ray Energies, ECI Group sign jatropha contract

In the Philippines, GreenGold Ray Energies has entered a provisional agreement with ECI Group to supply jatropha feedstock for the company’s biofuel efforts. The long-term contract, renewable every five years up to 30 years, will assist GreenGold in expanding its operations to the Philippines, the US, and Zimbabwe. ECI is currently negotiating production of aviation […]

August 5, 2013 More

Penn State researchers working to make jatropha drought resistant

In Pennsylvania, researchers led by Penn State are working to identify genes to help jatropha be more drought resistant. Researchers looked at a little known gene — JcPIP1 — because a similar gene in the model plant Arabidopsis is known to play a role in drought response. They also examined JcPIP2, a potential drought response […]

July 16, 2013 More

SGB global field trials reveal rust-resistant Jatropha curcas

In California, SGB has identified fungal rust-resistant hybrids of Jatropha curcas through its global network of field trials. Identification of the trait provides a critical defensive attribute to ensure plant health and yield preservation for the non-food energy crop. At multiple JMax Knowledge Center trial sites, several of SGB’s high yielding hybrids manifest a range […]

June 18, 2013 More

Alternative Fuels Americas prepares to scale up jatropha in Costa Rica

In Florida, Alternative Fuels Americas has successfully completed research trials targeting Jatropha trees as a feedstock source for profitably produced, sustainable biodiesel, and is moving to establish above ground oil fields in Central America. AFAI operates a 25 acre pilot plantation with 40,000 mature Jatropha trees in Tempate, Costa Rica. During the past years AFAI […]

May 27, 2013 More