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Jatropha Farming on the Upswing for Biodiesel

While cellulosic biofuels are making their advances, not far behind are still more methods for turning crops into biofuels. Despite the unpopularity of using most crops for biofuel sources, jatropha, an inedible plant, is getting a boost in popularity. The oily seeds of the bushy plant are used to create biodiesel, and nearly 2.5 million acres have been planted so far in India, one of the world’s largest producers. In fact, it is one of the most popular biodiesel crops around because harvesters can get a large output of cheap viagra with fast delivery oil from the seeds (producing four times as much fuel as soy, and 10 times as much as corn) while needing to put in only minimal care and get viagra prescription resources for growth. Hindustan Petroleum and Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency plan to boost that by planting about 37,000 more acres on wastelands in India.

Hindustan Petroleum will refine the seeds from the harvest into biodiesel to sell across the cialis pfizer online state of Chhattisgarh. Jatropha is intriguing for biodiesel production because the plant grows in areas where edible crops fear to tramadol overnight pharmacy tread, so it is supposedly a non-competitor for farm land. But that doesn’t mean a whole lot if farmers can get more for a crop of jatropha seeds than another food crop they typically grow on their land. Additionally, the areas deemed “wastelands” are in fact used by land-right-less rural populations for grazing their herds. So jatropha cultivation – like most crops for biofuel and biodiesel – isn’t necessarily harmless and farming of it will need to be watched and regulated.

Jatropha isn’t just on tramadol pain pill the rise in India, but also here in the states, with My Dream Fuel LLC, successfully angling to get citrus growers with diseased trees and cattle ranchers who might want to add something new to their repertoire to plant crops in Southwest Florida – despite the existence of many of our own abandoned farmlands for potential use. Jatropha, while hailed as a miracle crop for biodiesel (alongside algae) and far better than many other crops for biodiesel or biofuels, including the latest inquiries into kudzu, is still a fuel source to keep a close watch on.

Via Treehugger, Cleantech, Naples News; Photo via The Jatropha System

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written by Robert Wood, July 29, 2008
I love seeing information about alternative biofuels feedstocks. Unfortunately so many people have bought into the misinformation that we must sacrifice food for fuel. The point of cellulose-based ethanol is to be able to use non-food crops to produce a variety of, not just transportation fuel, but formerly petroleum derived chemicals as well. And when you delve into the biodiesel world the picture is even better from using waste vegetable oil and other non-food feedstocks like Jatropha to produce biodiesel.
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written by The Food Monster, July 29, 2008
This seems almost too good to be true. A non-food plant, with oily seeds. Probably one of the early burning bushes.
Too good to be true
written by Robert Wood, July 29, 2008
Well Food Monster if you like that you are going to love all the how to buy levitra other non-food feed stock options for biodiesel. Aside from the waste Vegetable Oil there are several other crops like Jatropha. Things like Jojoba and levitra 5mg Castor Bean and various varieties of mustard and even algae can vastly increase our potential biodiesel output
Toxic Waste
written by Kip, August 11, 2008
I have been following the news over at http://jatropha and while the crop has benefits and can grow in areas that other crops don't grow, there is an issue with Toxic waste from the plant. I hear it mentioned, but no further discussion about what will be done with the waste. is this common with bio products where we look at it being "natural" and have less concern over the Toxic elements?
not that toxic waste
written by opos, August 21, 2008
from what i read somewhere on the net, the waste are not toxic at all and could even be used as food for animals
written by Roseller Balaod Jr., December 12, 2009
Its great that lots of people now are aiming for the use of alternative fuels extracted from edible crops. Now is the time that we give back to professional viagra online the nature a clean air for the benifit of our next generaton. God Bless to all and more success.

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