Tag: jatropha

Whatever happened to jatropha, and all those other wonder feedstocks?

Whatever happened to jatropha, and all those other wonder feedstocks?

March 6, 2016 |

As we begin to prepare for the annual Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstocks & Supply Chain event in Miami this June, you might find yourself asking whatever happened to some of the feedstock darlings like jatropha. If jatropha faltered, never mind, went the argument, we’ll always have switchgrass. Or giant miscanthus, or pongamia, or poplar, or camelina. […]

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Researchers refuse to give up on jatropha for Botswana despite harsh climate

Researchers refuse to give up on jatropha for Botswana despite harsh climate

February 8, 2016 |

In Botswana, researchers have refused to give up on demonstrating the viability of jatropha despite suffering from frostbite, heat waves and hailstorms during the past four years. Indigenous plants morula, morama, and mongongo were included in the trials in addition to jatropha. The team of local and Japanese researchers have weathered through the disasters and […]

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UK Financial Ombudsman orders investment advisor compensate investor who lost entire pension in Sustainable AgroEnergy scheme

UK Financial Ombudsman orders investment advisor compensate investor who lost entire pension in Sustainable AgroEnergy scheme

January 13, 2016 |

In the UK, Financial Ombudsman Service has ordered DeMontfort Wealth Management to compensate a person who invested his entire pension in the Cambodian jatropha project Sustainable AgroEnergy that was later shut down by the Serious Fraud Office in 2012. The investor who lost his pension was sent to DeMontfort for advise on how to invest […]

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Entrepreneur accused of swindling investors in jatropha farm deal

Entrepreneur accused of swindling investors in jatropha farm deal

October 15, 2015 |

In Oregon, the owner of Gold Star Farms—a company based in Ghana allegedly set up to grow jatropha and produce biodiesel—is being tried for fraud after having supposedly swindled more than $1 million from Christian investors in a scheme that federal prosecutors say never intended to actually produce biofuel. The defendant’s attorney says the accused […]

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India’s Chhattisgarh looking to boost jatropha biofuel production

India’s Chhattisgarh looking to boost jatropha biofuel production

September 24, 2015 |

In India, the Chhattisgarh Biofuel Development Authority has already produced 150,000 liters of biodiesel from jatropha oil and is looking to expand production by sourcing the oil from farmers around the region. It has invested in the planting of 15 million saplings throughout the state. The project is among several biomass projects, including biopower that […]

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Ethiopia looks to revive former jatropha investments to produce biodiesel

Ethiopia looks to revive former jatropha investments to produce biodiesel

February 25, 2015 |

In Ethiopia, the country’s Ministry of Water and Energy has recently launched a biofuels private enterprise unit in hopes of attracting investors to produce 450 million liters of biodiesel in the next five years. The government hopes to revive previous jatropha plantations that investors launched and abandoned during the jatropha boom and bust in hopes […]

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A new three-legged platform for the advanced bioeconomy? The Castor, jatropha, pongamia strategy.

A new three-legged platform for the advanced bioeconomy? The Castor, jatropha, pongamia strategy.

December 16, 2014 |

Castor, jatropha, pongamia — the three steps that Bosques Energeticos is taking in piloting its way to success in fuels, chemicals and other markets. Can the early-stage company thrive, based on its uncommon approach to intercropping? The Digest investigates. In science, there exists the difficulty in developing a new energy crop —  improving yields and stress tolerance, […]

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SGB, in preparation to sell jatropha hybrids, raised $11 million in venture funding

SGB, in preparation to sell jatropha hybrids, raised $11 million in venture funding

September 10, 2014 |

In California, SGB has raised $11 million in venture funding as the company prepares to sell renewable jatropha. Investors included Thomas McNerney & Partners, Finistere Ventures and Flint Hills Resources, a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries. The company used genetic technology to determine which plants had the most promising traits, then bred them, said […]

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Ethiopian government investing US$2.8 million in jatropha project

Ethiopian government investing US$2.8 million in jatropha project

July 21, 2014 |

In Ethiopia, the government is investing US$2.8 million, with the help of funding from the Norwegian government, to produce 500 million liters per year of biodiesel from jatropha. The project will take place in 18 districts in five states and is estimated to help more than 14 million farmers and pastoralists.  

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Indian government stings company cheating investors with jatropha

Indian government stings company cheating investors with jatropha

July 17, 2014 |

In India, the government regulator Sebi has found Sunshine Global Agro Limited (formerly known as Sunshine Forestry Private Ltd) cheated 40,000 investors who were told that by investing 1,000 rupees in a jatropha seedling, they would be worth 3,000 rupees seven years later. The scheme has also included goats, cows and emu birds in an […]

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