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3 Oct 4 2009 @ 12:30pm by Matt Smith in Biofuels, Global Energy

Topic #137 that I find fascinating but need to know more about: Jatropha

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Boba Fett

When cheap jerseys countries such as Zimbabwe announce that they aim to achieve 10% of their fuel needs by 2017 cheap jerseys from biodiesel processed from the weed-like plant, Jatropha, you realize ETF something wacky is going on. While I think that Jatropha sounds like a character from Star Communist Wars – Jabba the Hut’s second-string bounty hunter when Boba Fett is on vacation (I wonder where wholesale jerseys he’d go?) – it has been making headlines across the globe for a number of years now. This is because jatropha is a plant that is apparently environmentally sustainable; it can grow in desolate conditions on land cheap mlb jerseys not suitable for the majority of crops, it wholesale mlb jerseys can survive on limited rain and does not require irrigation, and, the kicker: it yields a vegetable oil from seed pods which can be processed into biodiesel. Indeed, Zimbabwe is not the Drupal. only country to be pursuing this potential opportunity. Air New Zealand tested a Jumbo Jet late last year on fuel partly derived from jatropha biodiesel. India is the current leading global producer of jatropha, with 4.5 million acres earmarked for growing the crop, providing a prime example of how such a crop can thrive in extreme weather conditions.

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Jatropha

All is not rosy, however, with jatropha currently enduring a bit of a demand backlash. Not only has BP recently exited a partnership in a jatropha biofuel project to focus Age on ethanol instead, but a recent scientific study by Envirocare also concluded that jatropha requires more water than previously thought. There are also concerns that expanding the farming of jatropha could displace farmers and replace food crops. 

Jatropha may not be a household name yet, but if it can overcome current headwinds and live up to some of its potential, part of the solution to global sustainability With could sound strangely similar to a  vacation-bound Star Wars bounty hunter….

3 Comments on this post:

  1. Ann says:

    Hmmm….who volunteered to pilot the test jet?

  2. Matt Smith says:

    Interesting….Valero – who has been buying up ethanol plants in the US from bankrupted producers – is investing $3.5bln into jatropha:

    http://bit.ly/8OeL9l

  3. Matt Smith says:

    more Jatropha news, this time from Guatamala – http://bit.ly/ahmbYE

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