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BP to Fund Indian Biodiesel Production Study

2 February 2006

BP will fund a $9.4 million project by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh to demonstrate the feasibility of producing biodiesel from Jatropha Curcas, a non-edible oil bearing crop.

The project, which is expected to take 10 years, will cultivate around 8,000 hectares of land currently designated as wasteland with Jatropha and install all the equipment necessary—seed crushing, oil extraction and processing—to produce 9 million liters (2.4 million gallons) of biodiesel per year.

A full Environmental and Social Impact Assessment of all elements of the supply chain and life cycle analysis of greenhouse gas emissions will be completed as part of the project.

In some parts of the world there is only limited availability of land to produce food crops and therefore no surplus which can be used for energy crops. Because Jatropha is drought resistant and can grow on marginal land, it offers the possibility of an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable contribution to energy security challenges in India.

—Phil New, senior vice president of BP’s fuels management group

TERI will be responsible for the day -to-day management and execution of the project.

February 2, 2006 in Biodiesel, India | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)


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BP...any chance of going "beyond petroleum" and following Minnesotas lead of 2% biodiesel when ULSD debuts?

BPs in Washington State should go that way soon with B2 then moving upward.

What the devil is "Jatropha Curcas"?

Just search in greencarcongress for more info. it has been discussed to death.

Jatropha curcas, also called physic nut, is used to produce the non-edible Jatropha oil, for making candles and soap, and as an ingredient in the production of biodiesel. The trees produce 1600 liters of oil per hectare. The cakes remaining after the oil is pressed out can be used for cooking, for fertilizing, and sometimes even as animal fodder, while the seed husks can be used to fuel generators. Large plantings and nurseries of this tree have been undertaken in India by women's Self Help Groups, using a system of microcredit to ease poverty among the nations semi-literate population of women. Extracts from this species have also been shown to have anti-tumor activity. The seeds can be used as a remedy for constipation, wounds can be dressed with the sap, and the leaves can be boiled to obtain a malaria and fever remedy.

There is a UK company called D1 Oils that is basing its entire business around growing this plant, alot of it in India.

no comments want to talk to please send email thanks mohmed

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