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April 10, 2009

Time Magazine: The Next Big Biofuel, Jatropha Curcas?

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Renewable energy, it turns out, does grow on trees. The fruit pods plucked from jatropha trees have seeds that produce clean-burning diesel fuel. But unlike corn and other biofuel sources, the jatropha doesn’t have to compete with food crops for arable land. Even in the worst of soils, it grows like weeds. Sound too good to be true? That’s why brothers Paul and Mark Dalton chose to name their Florida jatropha company My Dream Fuel.

Jatropha, like other nonfood sources such as algae, will revive a biofuels movement battered of late by charges that it diverts too many crops from too many mouths. India has set aside 100 million acres for jatropha and expects the oil to account for 20% of its diesel consumption by 2011 (read the entire article: Time Magazine)

Jatropha Curcas has many uses besides being an oil for biodiesel. Jatropha is also used as an oil for lubricating machinery and softening leather. Listed below are the numerous ways in which Jatropha is being presently utilized.

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