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Seeking Alpha: Jatropha Being Developed as a New Biodiesel Source

January 13, 2008

Jatropha, remember it because the stuff will grow and flourish anywhere. Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Daimler AG (DIA) and Bayer AG (BAY) are studying the use of the plant. Folks, this is huge. Why?

ADM is going to study the conversion into biodiesel, Daimler is going to study its interaction with car engines and Bayer is going to produce herbicides, insecticides and fungicides for Jatropha plants. Essentially we have farm to engine collarborative here.

Jatropha is resistant to drought and pests, and produces seeds containing up to 40% oil. When the seeds are crushed and processed, the resulting oil can be used in a standard diesel engine, while the residue can also be processed into biomass to power electricity plants. The best part is that because it is so hardy, it can be planted on lands that currently do not have agricultural uses (barren land), bypassing the “food vs fuel” debate.

In a statement, the companies said, “Biodiesel derived from Jatropha nut kernels has properties similar to those of biofuels obtained from oilseed rapes. It is also characterised by a positive CO2 balance and can thus contribute to protecting the climate.”

Now, is this going to affect ADM in 2008? No. But the big thing is this is a plant that can be grown in the US Southwest in lands currently uncultivated due to their climate. This is a long term story and as time goes by, its significance will grow dramatically.

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6 Comments on “Seeking Alpha: Jatropha Being Developed as a New Biodiesel Source”

  1. #1 Peter Lefeber
    on Mar 28th, 2008 at 00:36

    Dear Bernard,

    Just read your comments on jatropha.

    Understood you might have land available for lease.

    Please contact us


    Peter Lefeber
    email: [email protected]

  2. #2 Bernard Fiagbe
    on Mar 21st, 2008 at 07:48

    We have close to 100,000 hectares stretch of land available for jatropha production.
    The cost per year is $3 USD for a hectare, period of lease is 50years or more depending on the interested investor.

    There are water sources closer to the land and very flat without hills or mountains.

    Thank you


  3. #3 a.maharshi
    on Mar 11th, 2008 at 08:45

    CJP ‘s 2nd Global Jatropha Hi-Tech Agricultural Training Programme in India from July-14-18, 2008

    Centre for Jatropha Promotion & Biodiesel (CJP) is happy to announce the 2nd Global Jatropha Hi-Tech Agricultural Training Programme (JTP) in India from July-14-18, 2008. CJP has the privilege to provide most authoritative Knowledge platform known as Global Jatropha Hi-Tech Agricultural Training Programme for Development of Sustainable Non-Food Jatropha Oil Crop Projects, Programmes and Priorities to Feed Biodiesel Industry Worldwide.
    The CJP is only the premier organization that arranges the unique training for all stakeholders to provide them the opportunity to understand, learn, act and implement the Jatropha plans from ground zero to Biodiesel production in a very successful manner
    The search for a viable alternative feedstock for biodiesel in 2007 has run hot and cold in 2007, Jatropha feedstocks garnered a great deal of attention from investors and the media. We are happy to note that our untiring efforts have made the Jatropha an alternative feedstock for building a sustainable biodiesel industry. A number of new development projects and plantations involving thousands and hundreds of thousands of hectares with investment of billions of dollars have been initiated during the year 2007.
    Jumping of a lot of companies on the bandwagon has enhanced the role and responsibility of the CJP to provide them, the right steps to start the successful business ensuring that this crop is planted in the right way and with due cares to what’s possible in terms of sustainable farming techniques.
    Therefore, based on its proprietary knowledge plant science expertise enhanced technology and extensive experience and by integrating technical and managerial issues CJP has developed Jatropha Agricultural Training package (JTP) to deliver Competencies through Qualified trainers with a practical ‘hands on’ approach.
    Mr. Manish Sharma, Director Training said, “It is our firm opinion that simply attending conferences can not provide you the better understanding of the multi dimensions Jatropha industry unless you encounter with ground realties of the subject and that is why CJP adopted the system of learning by doing.”
    He further added, “CJP Makes Available an Accessible Affordable Jatropha training Package that enables all stakeholders to understand, evaluate and explore the Jatropha for designing and developing Failsafe Energy farms System in a true manner”
    Our qualified and certified training consultants provide comprehensive instruction from the extensive range and depth of courses reflecting right from Plant science and reliable state-of-the-art technology .The inaugural 5 days session from June 11-15, 2007 has been a Big success and was attended by participants from more than 17 counties from USA, UK, EU, African, Asian and South Americans
    JTP is unique because of the capability to deliver an integrated “One Stop Solution” for Jatropha Agri-business operations to the agricultural and energy sector world wide.
    Since This is Not A Conference, It is A Hi-Tech Training Programme, The Seats Shall Be Limited
    Registration is open Secure your seat today
    For more information regarding registration package cost etc. kindly contact

    Director (Training Division)
    Centre for Jatropha Promotion & Biodiesel
    B-132, SAINIK BASTI, CHURU Rajasthan, INDIA-331001
    TELE- ( 91) 1562 255575, 91 141 2335839
    FAX: ( 91) 141 2335968
    MOBILE- ( 91) 982943333,

    About CJP
    Centre for Jatropha Promotion & Biodiesel (CJP) India is the Global authority for scientific commercialization of Jatropha fuel crop.
    CJP is dedicated to the development of oil seed bearing trees [OSBT] – non-food multiple vegetable oil plantation and technologies in order to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, bring greater control and security of fuel supply and reduce dangerous climate changing emissions, including CO2.
    CJP is pioneering the science, planting and production of inedible vegetable oils by planting of a variety of tree & non-food crop plantation
    CJP is engaged in scientific commercialization of non-food fuel crop- that designs and implements the growing of various oil seed bearing tree [OSBT] crops worldwide in a structured Agri-Supply chain, Value additions of inedible oil seeds and research activities thereon & provides support/services from “Soil to Oil” for development and establishment of the non -food Bio-fuel crops.

    CJP use its proprietary knowledge to implement programmes through its expertise, technology and IPR knowledge creating new industry and job creation and the offsetting of climate change

  4. #4 divya
    on Feb 11th, 2008 at 00:04

    Hi Mr. John Donovan,

    I think that the best place to be to know the most about Jatropha is JatrophaWorld 2008, a showcase for all the latest trends and shifts occurring in the JATROPHA value chain.

    JatrophaWorld 2008 is a series of three conferences to be held in three global venues and is the most authoritative platform for all stakeholders in the Jatropha business.

    I had attened JatrophaWorld 2008- Jakarta on 23-24 January, and it attracted over 350 participants from over 40 countries, making it the single largest international gathering of Jatropha entrepreneurs and financiers.

    JatrophaWorld 2008’s panel of internationally acclaimed experts delivered insightful speeches on the following critical aspects of the Jatropha value chain:

    § Jatropha plantation management,

    § Project finance,

    § Agronomy,

    § Genetics,

    § Tissue culture,

    § Carbon trading,

    § CDM financing,

    § Harvesting,

    § Irrigation technologies,

    § Oil extraction and processing,

    § Applications of Jatropha and Jatropha by products.

    § Socio-economics of Jatropha.

    The NEXT JatrophaWorld 2008 will be held in Miami on 10-11 June 2008.

    JatrophaWorld 2008 (Miami) is once again going to bring together the best expertise from all over the world, presenting new perspectives relevant to the American, and Latin American investments, as well as revisit the investment outlook in Asia and Africa.

    Why MUST You Attend JatrophaWorld 2008 in Miami? Here are my TOP TEN REASONS…

    • UNDERSTAND the Jatropha Curcas Value chain.
    • OBTAIN valuable and accurate information never revealed before
    • RECEIVE updates on latest technological developments.
    • EVALUATE the Jatropha investment outlook – beyond short term price trends.
    • ATTRACT investment partners to your projects.
    • MITIGATE upstream risks of feedstock price and availability.
    • PINPOINT the economics of Jatropha biofuel projects.
    • EXPLORE the Jatropha financing and investment outlook.
    • ANALYZE demand dynamics and future implications for Jatropha.
    • ENJOY over 10 hours of business networking opportunities.

    I urge you to be a part of the JatrophaWorld 2008 phenomenon today!

    To remain at the peak of your Jatropha investments you need to be conversant with the latest developments as they take place.

    To be conversant with these developments you need to be at JatrophaWorld 2008- Miami.

    Also, don’t miss out on this golden opportunity to network with investors, project developers and experts.

    Mr. Paul Dalton, CEO of Dream Fuels Ltd based in the US and a good friend of mine actually told me that he met TWO investors who are very interested in investing into his project in the US and Costa Rica during the networking sessions at JatrophaWorld 2008 in Jakarta.

    I have currently set up a JatrophaWorld 2008 VIP Access form for individuals who have a keen interest in being a part of our JatrophaWorld 2008 phenomenon. By filling up this VIP Access Form below, you are entitled to certain VIP Access privileges:

    § Be the FIRST to get updates on JatrophaWorld 2008 –Miami

    § Be the FIRST to access the conference theme and event schedule

    § Be the FIRST to access the speakers list once its finalized

    § Seat RESERVATION for you and your colleagues ahead of everyone else.

    You can access this form at Scroll to the bottom of the page to view the form.

    In the mean time, I encourage you to keep checking back to the website, or contact me directly for updates and information on JatrophaWorld 2008-Miami and other developments in Jatropha.

    I look forward to seeing you and your associates at JatrophaWorld 2008 in Miami on 11-12 June!

    Please feel free to write to me at [email protected] if you require any information about JatrophaWorld 2008. I will be more than happy to assist you. Alternatively, you can call me at 65 6346 9140 or 65 98 450 450.

    Have a great week ahead!

    Yours Sincerely,

    Divya Sangam (Ms.)
    Event Marketing Executive
    Centre for Management Technology
    DID: 65 63469140
    Fax: 65 63455928
    E-mail: [email protected]
    80 Marine Parade Road, #13-02,
    Parkway Parade, Singapore 449296

  5. #5 dayan george moshe
    on Feb 7th, 2008 at 01:36

    i want to know more about processing of the jatropha oil to get biodiesel,equipments needed and their costs
    thanks and regards

  6. #6 shaillendra
    on Jan 16th, 2008 at 10:39

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I want to know about Jatropha Plantation & Costing and saling price.
    Thanks & Regards

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