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Biodiesel from Jatropha, Jatropha Oil as Bio-diesel, Biofuel - Reference & Resources

Nature gave us oil from algae; perhaps we should try Nature’s way again

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. 

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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.[3] 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."
^ Yuli Tri Suwarni (July 5, 2005). Jatropha oil: A promising, clean alternative energy. The Jakarta Post. Retrieved on 2006-10-07.
^ Jathropa. Philippines Bureau of Plant Industry.
^ "Myanmar eyes physic nut oil as fuel to help solve oil crisis", New Light of Myanmar, January 18, 2006. Retrieved on 2006-10-07.
^ The Jatropha System.
^ Oil from a Wasteland - The Jatropha Project in India. DaimlerChrysler.


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