Time Magazine: The Next Big Biofuel, Jatropha Curcas?


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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4 Responses to Time Magazine: The Next Big Biofuel, Jatropha Curcas?

  1. BlueNight March 11, 2009 at 11:24 pm #

    I wonder what the climate range is? I’d love to have someone pay us to pick our weeds.

    I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the high desert. We just had our first precipitation of the year – an afternoon-long drizzle. I know our backyard is beloved by the goathead thorns and ragweeds, and the north side of the house is great for Chinese Elm.

  2. ChemicallyGreen.com
    chemicallygreen.com April 21, 2009 at 4:30 pm #

    @BlueNight: Thanks for your comments. Climate range is in another Jatropha post on Chemically Green: The truth about Jatropha Curcas.
    Currently, Jatropha is being grown in selected areas in Florida, California and Texas. Hawaii is looking at Jatropha.
    Temperate zones are needed to grow Jatropha and frost can damage or kill the trees. Work is going on at present to over come the temperature problem.

  3. Emme Luck May 24, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    Being able to grow in almost non arable land, being a perennial, and not being a food crop makes the Jatropha almost the perfect biofuel plant. Hopefully we can soon be able to use this plant on a mass scale despite the climate constrictions. Thanks for sharing! – Emme @ Green Global Travel


  1. Adam Shake - February 10, 2009

    RT @chemicallygreen: Time Magazine: The Next Big Biofuel, Jatropha Curcas? http://bit.ly/3SPOtl

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