Tag: jatropha

Rwanda abandoning $35 million jatropha biodiesel project after four years

Rwanda abandoning $35 million jatropha biodiesel project after four years

February 13, 2017 |

In Rwanda, after four years of unsuccessful attempts to get it off the ground, the government is abandoning its $35 million biodiesel project. Poor science behind the feasibility studies that expected jatropha to be a key feedstock but later was determined to not be viable in the country’s climate is blamed for the project’s failure. […]

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Mexican researcher gets $500,000 award for jatropha and moringa research

Mexican researcher gets $500,000 award for jatropha and moringa research

January 3, 2017 |

In Mexico, a researcher at the Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa has been awarded the silver prize from the PRODETES 2016 competition that comes along with a $500,000 grant to continue his research into biodiesel from trees such as jatropha and moringa. The competition is funded by the Energy Ministry, the World Bank and other partners […]

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Pakistan’s oil company launches jatropha pilot project

Pakistan’s oil company launches jatropha pilot project

December 19, 2016 |

In Pakistan, the country’s national oil company has launched a jatropha-based biodiesel pilot project outside Karachi in an effort to trial opportunities that could help reduce reliance on fossil fuels. The minister for water and power said the project needs to be fast tracked in order to develop alternative energy sources for the national market […]

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Nigeria needs 2.4 million liters of biodiesel daily for B20 to comply with COP21

Nigeria needs 2.4 million liters of biodiesel daily for B20 to comply with COP21

December 7, 2016 |

In Nigeria, the country’s jatropha association says that in order to achieve the goals set for compliance with COP21, Africa’s largest population would need to consume 2.4 million liters of biodiesel daily, or roughly a 20% blend with existing diesel consumption. The association hopes to have 100,000ha of jatropha planted by 2017 and a total […]

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Zambia’s Copperbelt Energy Corp. launches study to find market for its biodiesel products

Zambia’s Copperbelt Energy Corp. launches study to find market for its biodiesel products

November 7, 2016 |

In Zambia, the Copperbelt Energy Corporation is embarking on a market survey to determine where it should supply its 1 million liters of annual jatropha and soy-based biodiesel production as well as byproducts. The company has already established the production facility. The company is looking to scale up its renewable energy activities and as such […]

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Nigeria to plant jatropha along 5,000km of NNPC pipelines

Nigeria to plant jatropha along 5,000km of NNPC pipelines

October 5, 2016 |

In Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company announced it will begin planting jatropha along its 5,000km of pipeline to produce biodiesel but the trees will also provide other ecosystem services such a serving as a windbreak and preventing erosion. The project is inline with the company’s wider biofuel strategy to produce fuel for blending domestically. […]

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Monarca BioJet to boost jatropha plantation by 33,000 ha to supply US market

Monarca BioJet to boost jatropha plantation by 33,000 ha to supply US market

October 3, 2016 |

In Mexico, the Monarca BioJet fuel project in the Yucatan is adding another 33,000 hectares of Jatropha to produce seed oil feedstock so they can export directly to the US to supply biofuel refineries needing low cost feedstock. The bioJet fuel market is growing faster than the supply and a number of biofuel refineries are […]

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Indian research institute looking for ways to make jatropha economically viable for farmers

Indian research institute looking for ways to make jatropha economically viable for farmers

September 27, 2016 |

In India, the Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute is eyeing ways to attract farmers back to jatropha production to boost oil supplies allowing it to use its patented biofuel production technology. The center has been experimenting with uses for the cake, such as a soil supplement, and soaps from glycerin. Even jatropha shells […]

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India’s oil marketing companies give up on jatropha biodiesel definitively

India’s oil marketing companies give up on jatropha biodiesel definitively

August 25, 2016 |

In India, the joint ventures owned partly by three oil marketing companies that sought to produce biodiesel from jatropha have been shut down due to unviability. Many believed that jatropha could be successfully grown in dry wastelands without irrigation. The three companies had planned to grow jatropha on 180,000 hectares across Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and […]

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Nigeria taking another look at jatropha for biodiesel

Nigeria taking another look at jatropha for biodiesel

June 30, 2016 |

In Nigeria, the agriculture minister is taking another look at biodiesel following a spike in fossil diesel prices. Farmers continue to face obstacles affording fossil diesel but the hope is that biodiesel produced on farm could help to boost agricultural yields by providing fuel for tractors and other machinery. The ministry plans to first take […]

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