Tag: jatropha

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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Nepal looking to give jatropha another chance

Nepal looking to give jatropha another chance

June 13, 2016 |

In Nepal, the government has decided to take another stab at biodiesel, specifically with a focus on giving jatropha another try, with a six-member expert panel establish to determine the viability of the policy plan. With more than half a million acres of underutilized land that could be converted to jatropha production to produce biodiesel, […]

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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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