Biodiesel from Jatropha
Oil – Jatropha Oil as Biofuel
Through Jatropha is not as well-known a Biodiesel feedstock as is palm oil or soy oil, in India and southeast Asia, the Jatropha tree has been used as a significant fuel source for many years, though use of its oil for biodiesel is quite recent. In these regions, it is also planted for watershed protection and other environmental restoration efforts. Jatropha is a perennial, yielding oil seed for decades after planting. The tree can grow without irrigation in arid conditions where many other biodiesel candidates such as corn and sugar cane could never thrive. Another useful feature of Jatropha is its oil yield – the yield is significantly higher than the yields of many other candidates.
- Biofuel for Electricity in Remote Lao Villages - from Sunlabob (PDF)
- Jatropha, a Different Biofuel, from Pratie Place
- Oil from a Wasteland – the Jatropha Project in India – from Daimler Chryser
- Bio-diesel from Wastelands - NABARD
- Case Study for Jatropha (PDF)
- Biodiesel from Jatropha Plantations on Eroded Soils (PDF)
- Jatropha & Moringa – Sources of Renewable Energy & Fuel
- Jatropha Biodiesel .org
- Jatropha in Africa – Enviro Pundit
- Combating Ddesertification – The Jatropha Project of Mali, West Africa
- The Bumpy Road to Clean, Green Fuel - SciDev
- The Jatropha Opportunity for India
- Former weed may fill world's fuel tanks - May, 2007 - By Mark Sappenfield, Christian Science Monitor - In the world's most arid agricultural environments, jatropha is emerging as an alternative to ethanol. From China to Brazil, countries have begun setting aside tens of thousands of acres for the cultivation of jatropha – a plant many experts say is the most promising source for biodiesel. At the same time, companies from Europe and India have begun buying up land throughout Africa to establish jatropha plantations. As American farmers plan to plant the most corn since World War II to cash in on Ethanol which is added to gasoline, much of the rest of the world is turning to jatropha, which is used as a substitute for diesel fuel, says this article. Read more from this report @ CS Monitor
- Economics of Jatropha Biodiesel - Of course the interest in the jatropha plantation primarily focuses on biodiesel. Here, the key question is: Will it be possible to establish the right cultivation and processing methods so that the jatropha plant can produce a high-quality fuel which can compete with petrochemical diesel in terms of price? This article from Jatropha Biodiesel discusses the issue
Content derived from Wikipedia article on Jatropha Oil
Jatropha oil - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jatropha oil is produced from the seeds of the Jatropha curcas, a plant that can grow in wastelands. Jatropha curcas grows almost anywhere, even on gravelly, sandy and saline soils. It can thrive on the poorest stony soil. It can grow even in the crevices of rocks.
Developed in India as a fuel oil , it has received wide attention, particularly in Asia (e.g. Indonesia and the Philippines ), as a source of biodiesel.
Myanmar is also actively pursuing the use of jatropha oil. In a meeting in January, 2006, Minister of Industry Aung Thaung spoke of using biodiesel from jatropha oil to meet Myanmar's fuel needs. More recently, plans have been made to to cultivate 7,000,000 acres, and the project is said to be going forward.
The plant yields more than four times as much fuel per Hectare as soybean, and more than ten times that of corn. A hectare of jatropha produces 1,892 liters of fuel.
Jatropha is a one-stage conversion to biodiesel and the oil produces 40-42MJ/kg, as compared with 42.5-45MJ/kg for standard diesel.
Researchers at Daimler Chrysler Research explored the use of jatropha oil for automotive use, concluding that although jatropha oil as fuel "has not yet reached optimal quality, ... it already fulfills the EU norm for biodiesel quality."
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