Tweet In India, IndianOil has successfully developed and commercialised a technology to co-process non-edible vegetable oil in the existing Diesel Hydrotreating (DHDT) units of a petroleum Refinery to make biodiesel. This is first time in India and possibly the first in the world when Jatropha oil has been used for co-processing in a petroleum refinery. [...]
Tweet In Zimbabwe, Environment Africa and WWF did a study on jatropha production at household level and found that it was economically viable even if yields were as low as .5kg per hectare when jatropha cake along with other byproducts and household lighting were the aim. When the model was to sell the seeds to [...]
Tweet In Germany, INOCAS launched “Insights into Jatropha Projects Worldwide” based on a global survey of 111 managers of Jatropha cultivation projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The survey showed low profits as the main problem of many Jatropha projects, caused by insufficient seed yields. More than half (58 %) of all projects work exclusively or [...]
Tweet In California, SG Biofuels has identified over two million individual genetic markers (SNPs) in its Jatropha curcas germplasm collection, confirming the non-food energy crop has a genetic diversity comparable to corn and other domesticated crops, and validating the ability to drive significant yield and performance gains through molecular breeding. Through the use of emerging [...]
Tweet It is becoming increasingly evident that, in the near-term, acute demand for aviation biofuel is going, one way or another, to result in heavy demand for jatropha and jatropha oil-based fuels. New deals for SGB in Brazil are confirming the trend. There, at the head of the pack, well down the track from everyone [...]
Tweet In Cuba, a new focus on integrated food and energy systems will include jatropha for biodiesel production in an effort to increase production in non-food feedstocks while staying away from the traditional plantation style of growing jatropha.
Tweet In India, the Biodiesel Business Academy has developed the Nonfood Biodiesel Science Kit, an engaging way for science classes to apply the basic skills and principles of chemistry. It is also a great way to introduce nonfood biodiesel — and renewable fuels in general — to students through hands-on experiments that take complex scientific [...]
Tweet In Malaysia, the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) has completed a 6000 Jarak Pagar (Jatropa Curcas) tree pilot project, dating back to 2009, and the agency said it is ready to proceed to commercial scale. FRIM said it will grow jatropha on land obtained from the Terengganu state government — the state, official [...]
Tweet In Canada, Bedford Biofuels is considering aborting their Kenyan jatropha plan to cultivate 60,000 hectares of the crop after four years of failures have left the leased land completely undeveloped. Bedford cites the poor economic climate as the reason the project has been largely unable to accrue investment. While the project aims at eventually [...]
Tweet In Mexico, despite the fact that jatropha biodiesel is more expensive than fossil diesel, local bus companies Tapachultecos and Conejobús in Chiapas are blending at 20%. Despite higher fuel prices, the government has not allowed the companies to off-set the higher costs from passenger fees.