Tag: jatropha

Zimbabwe looking for alternative oilseed feedstocks to bring back jatropha project

Zimbabwe looking for alternative oilseed feedstocks to bring back jatropha project

January 1, 2020 |

In Zimbabwe, the Herald newspaper reports that the government has asked researchers to identify possible alternative oilseed feedstocks that will allow it to restart the originally jatropha-based biodiesel project on Mt. Hampden. Limited production from soybeans has been done, as well as using jatropha from plantations developed in the early 2000s. Another 6,000 ha has […]

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Zimbabwe moving forward with 2030 biofuel strategy with jatropha back on the cards

Zimbabwe moving forward with 2030 biofuel strategy with jatropha back on the cards

August 15, 2019 |

In Zimbabwe, local press reports that the government is moving forward with its long-awaited national biofuels plan that looks to promote sugarcane and jatropha as key feedstocks for ethanol and biodiesel production while also exploring other potential feedstocks such as cassava and sweet sorghum. The policy aims to take the country through 2030 as it […]

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Indian researchers develop semi-continuous biodiesel process

Indian researchers develop semi-continuous biodiesel process

July 16, 2019 |

In India, the Times of India reports that Center of Excellence Farm Machinery has developed a simplified, semi-continuous process to produce biodiesel from any feedstock with fatty acid content of up to 10%, from jatropha to jojoba to animal fats, be it virgin oils or waste fats. The technology was developed with small and medium […]

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CEMILAC approves use of biofuel for Indian Air Force aircraft

CEMILAC approves use of biofuel for Indian Air Force aircraft

January 25, 2019 |

In India, the use of biofuel in Indian Air Force military aircraft has been cleared by the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification after months of trials and is expected to start with the transport fleet and helicopters. The biofuel being uses is produced from jatropha seeds sourced within India. “The indigenously produced biofuel has […]

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Ethiopian mobile money app to help jatropha farmers get paid

Ethiopian mobile money app to help jatropha farmers get paid

December 25, 2018 |

In Ethiopia, Kenya’s Standard newspaper reports that a local entrepreneur has developed a mobile money app called Amole that he is rolling out among jatropha farmers supplying API Renewable Energy. The company buys jatropha nuts from half a million farmers and believes the app will facilitate trade for the unbanked in rural areas. The company […]

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First of 10 planned Ethiopian jatropha-based biodiesel plants ready for commissioning

First of 10 planned Ethiopian jatropha-based biodiesel plants ready for commissioning

December 3, 2018 |

In Ethiopia, a 12,000-liter per day jatropha-based biodiesel facility will be commissioned soon, sourcing feedstock from farmers who have planted 1.4 million hectares of jatropha via digital payment system. API, the company behind the project, hopes to have 10 biodiesel facilities online by 2025 with a total 730 million liters of production annually with a […]

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Zimbabwe jumps back into jatropha 12 years on

Zimbabwe jumps back into jatropha 12 years on

August 28, 2018 |

In Zimbabwe, after focusing on R&D for the past dozen years, the government is jumping back into jatropha as a solution for fuel shortages with a new facility and 6,000 ha of plantations. Finealt Engineering, part of the Ministry of Energy and Power Development, has gotten biodiesel production costs down to 97 cents per liter […]

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Nigeria promoting jatropha among farmers again

Nigeria promoting jatropha among farmers again

August 2, 2018 |

In Nigeria, the government’s Raw Materials Research and Development Council wants to revive interest in jatropha as potential feedstock for biodiesel. The council’s director general says as much as 200,000 ha of jatropha should be planted for biodiesel feedstock as well as for presscake that can be used for biogas feedstock. The council has been […]

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Chinese researchers demonstrate efficient jatropha biofuel production using nanotube catalyst

Chinese researchers demonstrate efficient jatropha biofuel production using nanotube catalyst

January 18, 2018 |

In China, recent research published in a report in Nano showed biofuels were obtained from jatropha oil using carbon nanotube (CNT) catalyst, which showed efficient cracking activity. The performance was activated by the high stability, metal sites, acid sites, electroconductivity, and coking tolerance of CNT. Two cracking circulations were found in the hydroprocessing. The sulphur-free […]

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Policy changes needed in India for a bright biodiesel future

Policy changes needed in India for a bright biodiesel future

September 16, 2017 |

In India, calls for policy changes to help the biodiesel industry are being voiced and if implemented, could help biodiesel’s future role in the country. While jatropha, agricultural waste and other feedstocks show promise in India, they have some policy challenges for biodiesel producers. Former professor Bharat Jhunjhunwala told the Free Press Journal in India, […]

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