Jatropha Curcas, The Nut of Choice for Biodiesel!

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Major new expansions being made with Jatropha Curcas being processed into a clean green biodiesel fuel.

Green Gold Ray Energies Inc. announced today that its biodiesel refinery in Nasipit Port, Agusan del Norte will be opened in the next 90 days. Below is the perspective view of the GRYE Processing & Refinery Plant, capable of producing about 180 million gallons per year (680,400,000 liters per year).

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The Research and Development Team of Green Gold Ray Energies has designed a unique biodiesel processing and refining technology that fits best to the Jatropha oil market requirements. The plant is designed to produce high quality biodiesel oil, based on fast enhanced growth, cultivation period, increased production efficiency, reliability and better productivity.

A minimum of 1% by volume shall be blended into all diesel engine fuels within 3 months from the effective date of the Act and will increase to 2% in the next 2 years. The Philippines is in need of 150 million liters of bio diesel per year and that figure is expected to double in the next 5 years.

CEO Tecson says, “There is only one existing biofuel company here in the country, Chemrez Phil., with only 60 million liters production per year, not enough for the country’s bio fuel demand and Chemrez is using coconut oil as feed stock. Food-fuel competition will be their future problem.”

About the Company:

Green Gold Ray Energies, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: GRYE) is a rapidly growing biodiesel, green technology, environmentally friendly and alternative energy company. The Company has already solidified its position through a highly successful land acquisition program, acquiring large parcels of land ideal for the cultivation of the Jatropha plant. Jatropha Curcas grows almost anywhere, even on gravelly, sandy and saline soils. Jatropha oil can be processed to produce a high-quality biodiesel that can be used in a standard diesel car, while the residue can also be processed into biomass to power electricity plants.

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Company Switching from Waste Grease & Cooking Oil to Jatropha Curcas for Biofuel Production.

Sirona Fuels claims it can make cheap biodiesel with fixed-price agreements for jatropha with farmers in Haiti, India and other emerging nations.

Sirona Fuels wants to move from the fryer to the farm.The small San Francisco-based company – which is holding its coming out part at the National Biodiesel Conference and Expo in San Francisco – says it can make economically competitive biodiesel from jatropha.The company’s strategy essentially revolves around its ability to negotiate. It received a 15 million gallon-a-year refinery and a limited number of customer contracts by purchasing Blue Sky Biofuels, which had been producing biodiesel from waste grease harvested from the multitude of American deep-fat fryers. Thus, the self-funded Sirona is getting into the biodiesel refining industry quickly and inexpensively.

Second, it will ramp down its use of waste grease in favor of jatropha, a shrubby plant most commonly found in India. Jatropha is relatively oily, grows on marginal land and doesn’t need much in the way of water or fertilizer.  Since it doesn’t compete with food and isn’t typically grown on food ideal for edible crops, jatropha isn’t as subject to commodity price fluctuations as other feedstocks, he claimed.

To get its jatropha, according to CEO Lacrouciere, Sirona is lining up fixed-price agreements with farmers in Haiti, India and Indonesia. Sirona will plant 2,000 acres of jatropha in its pilot-farming project in Haitia. That will result in 600,000 gallons of oil a year, or 300 gallons per acre. Technically, the company doesn’t have contracts with customers. Things like liquidated damages clauses are tough to enforce in emerging nations. But the company is trying to build strong local links, which is even more important. Jatropha is also tough to displace as a crop because it’s a bush. Farmers can’t simply pull it up and switch to another crop.

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8 Responses to Jatropha Curcas, The Nut of Choice for Biodiesel!

  1. Global Patriot February 19, 2009 at 7:00 am #

    A great method of producing biofuel that has the potential to engage farmers in struggling countries and provide them with income that benefits developed countries. The key will be to maintain respect for the environment and not engage in practices that are harmful, such as has happened with palm oil.

  2. ChemicallyGreen.com
    chemicallygreen.com February 19, 2009 at 10:10 am #

    @Global Patriot: Thank you for your comments. Jatropha is being grown on marginal land and as far as I can tell, not competing with food production. It is sad that our great rain forests are being destroyed for the sake of producing more palm oil.
    Jatropha is a product that brings hope to farmers in countries being developed without destroying the environment and having to clear cut and burn trees on land to grow Jatropha. Chemically Green really appreciates what you are doing with your blog and the message it brings to our attention.

  3. ChemicallyGreen.com
    chemicallygreen.com February 25, 2009 at 5:57 pm #

    @RBM: Thanks for your comment. I left a post on his blog and I appreciate you letting Chemically Green know about this blog. Really cool.
    Chemically Green has posted in depth posts on Jatropha and will continue with future updates on Jatropha.
    Jatropha is certainly getting a lot of interest all over the world considering a lot of people were bashing the plant this time last year. My, a few months, high oil prices and economic chaos can really make a difference.

  4. Khan March 19, 2009 at 12:41 am #

    What is cost of 10000litres per day processing unit

  5. ChemicallyGreen.com
    chemicallygreen.com March 19, 2009 at 3:19 pm #

    @Khan: Thanks for your question. Chemically Green cannot answer your question at this time. Will try to get you a number.

  6. Bishop eng. Calleb L. olali September 21, 2009 at 12:40 am #

    This is a brilliant information forum. Many african countries including Kenya and Botswana ha seen light on Jatropha as the most preferred Biodiesel feedstock.

  7. ChemicallyGreen.com
    chemicallygreen.com September 21, 2009 at 8:49 am #

    @Bishop eng.Calleb L. olali: Thanks your for your comments. Jatropha oil is being more readily accepted as a replacement for conventional diesel and related petroleum products. Jatropha has a definite place in the world of biodiesel products and should continue to grow. Jatropha is also being used in jet aviation biofuels as a blended product and the future looks exciting. It takes time for development and training of personal to insure that Jatropha is maintained and grown to maximum yields.

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