Mini-Workshop at 2nd Jatrophaworld Americas Helps to Turnaround Your Business for Increased Bottom Line and be Successful in Raising Funds

August 31, 2009 | 1 Comment

As part of JatrophaWorld’s commitment in providing quality and useful knowledge, we have incorporated a Mini-Workshop on Jatropha Biodiesel Value Chain into the main program. Using a quantitative model to show you the economic indicators of jatropha projects, you will clearly see the profitability of your project as well as the risk profile.

We understand that the principal need and hurdle to jatropha project development currently is to secure financing, this mini-workshop is specially designed to help you meet funding requirements by showing financiers the shareholder values of a project.

The special feature of this session is that it will be “INTERACTIVE”.  The participants would be given a short questionnaire prior to the Workshop to provide their own top seven variables, of their Jatropha farming, refining and marketing operations for the model.  These variables would be then fed into the model and the outcome in the form of  “Profitability”, “Cashflow” and “Risk Profile” shown to them.  Thereafter, there will be Panel discussions, which would focus on the “Optimization of Jatropha Biodiesel Value Chain” and how each respondent could optimize his/her own Jatropha farming, biodiesel production and marketing operations.  The Financier would be able to pay attention to the “critical variables” that would make a difference in the success of Jatropha Biodisel operations.

The value-added Mini-Workshop is offered to delegates of 2nd JatrophaWorld Americas at NO EXTRA COST!

You won’t want to miss the valuable insights offered by the mini-workshop.

Sign up for 2nd JatrophaWorld Americas now to secure your seat at the world’s premier Jatropha forum.

Please find below more details on the Mini-Workshop:

Day 2, 4 December 2009, 9.05 – 11.05 hrs.

Key Objectives:

  • To highlight the importance and methodology of integrating all the variables at a very granular level, as they relate to every aspect of your farming operations, oil extraction, trans-esterification and refining operations and eventually marketing, not only the “biodiesel” but also all the “byproducts”.
  • This would be achieved by developing and building a “quantitative model” whose objectives would be to show the “financial results” of the operations by highlighting the economic indicators of the project such as Net Present Value, Internal Rate of Return, Payback Period and Present Worth Index. This in turn would go a long way in assisting you to procure finance successfully to fund their operations which seems to be the principal need and hurdle of all Jatropha growers.
  • For the Financier, the Decision & Risk Analysis (D&RA) will clearly establish, what the “Principal Drivers of the Business” are and what the Risk Profile is for the Project, i.e., the probability of enhancing or destroying shareholder value.
  • For Jatropha Farmer and Refiner too, this would show which variables they have to improve upon to reduce the “Risk Profile” of the project and enhance shareholder value.


Modeler: Dr M.V. Krishna Kumar, President & CEO, Tiara International Consulting LLC

Grower: Mr James Love, VP International Operations, Abundant Biofuels Corporation

Financier: Mr Gregory Montgomery, Managing Director, MCF Advisors

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Thailand to receive $700m in loans from World Bank and IFC. Will Biomass Project developers benefit?

August 20, 2009 | Comments Off on Thailand to receive $700m in loans from World Bank and IFC. Will Biomass Project developers benefit?

The World Bank and its private investment arm International Finance Corp (IFC) announced plans to provide US$700m in loan financing to help fund renewable power and energy efficiency projects. The IFC will contribute $400m, while the World Bank will commit $300m through its $5.2bn Clean Technology Fund, which provides financing for carbon reduction initiatives in developing nations.

The average interest rate for the loans will range from 0.25 to 1.75 per cent, with repayment periods of 20 to 30 years. Terms for the financing, which will be disbursed through Thai banks, will be released to loan applicants later this month.

According to IFC and World Bank estimates, it will cost $4.6bn to develop Thailand’s renewable energy sector over the next two years, with private sector investments accounting for about 85 per cent of the total, or $3.9bn.

Thailand last year drafted a $440m renewable energy development plan that sets an alternative power target of 20 per cent of by 2022. The scheme calls for a drop in annual oil imports by $10.6bn and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 29 million tonnes per year.

Officials are counting on the increased use of alternative energy, such as biomass, ethanol and biogas, as a means of achieving the targets. Fossil fuels currently account for 85 per cent of the country’s energy needs.

Biomass energy in Thailand has traditional, small-scale applications in households and rural industries. The Thai Government also launched a project, through the Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO), to encourage Small Power Producers or SPPs to generate electricity from biomass feedstocks including rice husk, sugar cane, corn leaves, tapioca, palm shell and woodchips.

These SPPs then sell the generated electricity to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT). As small and medium sized businesses, these Biomass power producers stand to reap benefits from the World Bank fund.

One such power producer is A.T. BIOPOWER, who has a 22 MW rice-husk power project in the Pitchit province in Thailand. In operation in May 2006, the power plant relies on agricultural wastes (rice husks) generated by the farming activities prevalent in the province.

A.T BIOPOWER was also the first company in Thailand to qualify for CDM and earn extra income from selling carbon credits.

A.T BIOPOWER’s CEO, Natee Sithiprasasana will be sharing insights at the upcoming Biomass & WtE summit, which convenes in Shanghai on 28-29 October 2009. His session entitled, “Rice Husk Power Plant, An Operators Experience” will touch on:

  • Securing supply of rice husk storage & handling
  • Technologies & environmental benefits
  • Incentive for SPP to sell electricity to the grid
  • Monitoring project for CDM – compliance

To find out more about Thailand’s emerging Biomass to power industry, and how small power producers are tapping on Thailand’s vast agricultural waste resources, come to Biomass & WtEsummit to pose your questions to Natee Sithiprasasana and other Thai Biomass power producers who will be participating in the summit.

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2nd JatrophaWorld Africa Interviews – KEY Jatropha Stakeholders share on growing Jatropha in Africa.

August 11, 2009 | 2 Comments

The 2nd JatrophaWorld Africa interviews is where you can get the “inside story” on the Jatropha solution in Africa and around the world. We feature insights from leading Jatro-entrepreneurs as they share their perspectives on helming some of the Africa’s most sustainable and top performing Jatropha companies & projects.

EPISODE 1: Mr. Ruud Van Eck, C.E.O of Diligent Energy Systems BV opens up on growing Jatropha in Tanzania, and the future of Jatropha!

We are thrilled to present insights from Mr. Ruud Van Eck, founder and CEO of Diligent Energy Systems BV, a pioneer in biofuel production from Jatropha in Tanzania since 2005.

During the interview, Mr. Van Eck opened up and shared some honest views on the status of Jatropha cultivation today, running a profitable Jatropha business in Tanzania, and adopting sustainable agricultural practices.

Mr. Van Eck remained positive about the outlook of jatropha as biofuel feedstock but pinpointed the challenges that Jatro-entrepreneurs will face in the next five years as, “Difficulty in Obtaining Financing”, “Offering Proof of Sustainability” and “The Land Ownership Dispute.

In the course of the session, Mr. Van Eck took a similar ‘no-holds-barred’ approach when he answered questions on:

  • What lies ahead for the Jatropha industry?
  • Why he chose Tanzania to grow Jatropha.
  • Why he chose an out grower system over a mega plantation model.
  • The challenges and rewards of working on Jatropha in Tanzania.
  • Niche Buyers of Jatropha Oil in the market today.
  • Benchmarking a price for Jatropha oil.

Mr. Van Eck also provided his view on the controversial report by the University of Twente, which claimed that Jatropha has the highest water footprint among all the BioEnergy crops. He verified the report with the professor in-charge directly and found that the sample size they used was small, and focused on projects located in high rainfall areas in Asia. Jatropha growing in low rainfall areas like Tanzania was not included in the study.

Mr. Van Eck shared his strong conviction, that in order for Jatropha to be sustainable, it should NOT be grown in places with high rainfall which can be used to grow food crops.

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