2 Established Jatro-Entrepreneurs shared valuable pointers on continuing the Jatropha success story on 30 Sep…

October 6, 2009 | 2 Comments

Will Jatropha become another ‘DotCom Bubble’?

How can the Jatropha industry consolidate and strengthen for the long-term?

A *F*R*E*E Webinar on 30 Sep entitled ‘Is the Jatropha sector becoming a DotCom Bubble?‘ offered a refreshing dose of realism on the Jatropha business. And if you missed the webinar, read on to find out how you can tune into the replay!

This must-listen session will provide insights on:

  • Re-evaluating your view of the Jatropha value chain to build a more viable business model.
  • Avoiding the mistakes of early, hype-based Jatropha projects.
  • Adopting a sensible approach to Jatropha cultivation and the business.
  • Tying Sustainable practices to long-term Jatropha success.

Get answers to vital issues & top concerns on Jatropha from the Experts…

Our 2 Guest Experts who shared at the Is the Jatropha sector becoming a DotCom Bubble? webinar:

JAMES SCRUBY – Director, Elsbett AG
James Scruby is a Director of Elsbett AG (www.Elsbett.com) a company that has been involved in Jatropha since 1986! Elsbett AG has launched a series of engines and oil production equipment that operates entirely on pure Jatropha oil.  He is also CEO of Matrix Biofuels LLP and a Director at Viridesco Limited.  Over the last decade, he has focused on renewable energy encompassing many of the different renewable technologies.

CHRISTOPHER HUNTER Director, Viridesco Limited
Christopher Hunter is a Director, and Co-Founder of Viridesco Limited (www.viridesco.com), a Jatropha-oriented pure plant oil (PPO) biofuel company, with a 200 hectare, 4-year-old Jatropha project in Mozambique. Prior to co-founding Viridesco in late 2006, he worked in various finance roles, notably at Goldman Sachs as well as at a specialist environmental corporate finance advisory firm.

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Will Jatropha become a ‘DotCom Bubble’? We’re Discussing this at the 2nd JatrophaWorld Africa Webinar on 30 Sep…

September 17, 2009 | Comments Off on Will Jatropha become a ‘DotCom Bubble’? We’re Discussing this at the 2nd JatrophaWorld Africa Webinar on 30 Sep…

We’re hosting a live webinar, “Is the Jatropha sector becoming a DotCom Bubble?” on 30 September 2009 at 9AM New York, 1PM GMT, 3PM Amsterdam, 6.30PM India & 9PM Singapore, and we’d like to have you there!

The 1-hour webinar will be lead by Mr. Christopher Hunter, Co-Founder and Director of Viridesco Limited, which has a 4-year-old Jatropha project in Mozambique, and Mr. James Scruby, Director of Elsbett AG, a company that has manufactures engines that run on pure Jatropha oil.

Mr. Scruby and Mr. Hunter will touch on the challenges, controversies and paradoxes of the Jatropha sector. Don’t miss their analysis of common mistakes in Jatropha projects and how to avoid them.

Also on the agenda, a spirited discussion on how the Jatropha industry can take steps to counter emerging negative views on Jatropha, especially relevant in the wake of controversial findings on Jatropha’s water footprint, and accusations of “land-grabbing” for Jatropha cultivation.

To register and submit your questions for the webinar visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/318805314.

Jatoil Chairman, Dr. Mike Taverner Addresses the Jatropha Sector’s Most Critical Questions and Issues with Honesty and Realism at Jatropha Webinar.

January 22, 2009 | 2 Comments

For Immediate Access to Webinar Recording, Read On!

Our webinar, “Will the Jatropha Sector Sustain Itself in Volatile Times” went live on January 20th to address the impact of financial crisis on Jatropha sector, as well as issues of sustainability and building a profitable Jatropha business model.

Dr. Mike Taverner, Founder and Executive Chairman of Jatoil Ltd, opened up to share his realistic projections and honest views on oil price uncertainties, maintaining investor interest through the global economic uncertainty, the need for sustainable practices in Jatropha cultivation, and his projections for 2009 and the upcoming years.

He said, “While the capital markets remain tight, only the very best businesses will survive. Management of cash flow is going to be critical,” providing a frank overview of the challenge ahead for Jatropha businesses.
Despite the current gloom and doom, he remained optimistic and offered his solution to facing the uncertainties ahead. He said, “This shake up is a good thing, and we’ll end up with a more robust industry at the end of it. The challenge for us will be to continue accessing development funds and strategic partnerships to develop sustainable supply chains.”

Dr. Taverner lent his methodological approach to some of the key issues that are creating uncertainties in the Jatropha sector including:

– Jatropha & Biofuels Industry projections for 2009.
– Oil price volatilities & its impact on Jatropha.
– How to maintain investor interest amidst global recession.
– Transforming your Jatropha project idea into a profitable business.
– Adopting sustainable agricultural practices for long-term success.
– Strategizing to make Jatropha projects carbon neutral.

The session was a great success, with over 200 Jatropha project developers and top company executives from all over the world tuning in to hear from Dr. Taverner!

Were you were unable to tune in for the session on 20 Jan? We know how busy it can get, and how hard it can be to dedicate an ENTIRE hour of your precious time for a webinar.

We also know how valuable and important some of the insights shared by Dr. Mike Taverner at this webinar are and that’s why we’re giving you privileged access to the webinar recording that you can download and listen to at your own time.

Don’t miss out on this informative webinar recording, which got rave reviews from participants for being “an excellent webinar,” “lucid and clear-cut” and even “an inspirational session.”

==> Click here to download the webinar recording with Dr. Mike Taverner

We would love to get your feedback about this webinar. Please feel free to leave your comments below.

Experts call on Investors to use their Economic Muscle to Put Jatropha in the ground and secure the future of the Feedstock.

October 8, 2008 | 3 Comments

“Setting Up Successful Jatropha Projects”, our webcast, went live at 9am EST (USA), 3pm CET (Central Europe), 6.30pm IST (India), 9pm SST (Singapore) on 30 September, and attracted over 150 live listeners and contributors.

Presented in line with JATROPHAWORLD HAMBURG 2008, the webcast called on investors and the Jatropha community to use their economic muscle to put Jatropha in the ground and secure the future of the feedstock.

Speaking at the webcast were Dr. R. Rajagopal, author of the position paper “Best Practices for Long Term Jatropha Development” and Mr. Jamey Hadden, Director of Strategic Development at GreenEnergy Ltd, who has to date, been closely involved in over $20 million of successful placements (both private and public) for jatropha-specific ventures.

Dr. Raj and Mr. Hadden had a lively exchange on the sustainability criteria, Jatropha project management strategies, and the risks and barriers to Jatropha investments. They agreed during the course of their discussion that there isn’t enough Jatropha being cultivated to meet global demand for fuel; both felt that more needs to be done for the future success of Jatropha.

Mr. Hadden raised a valid point when he asked listeners “What are you willing to do to help us make this market?” while discussing the lack of secure supplies of Jatropha seeds and oil.

But it didn’t stop there. He challenged Biodiesel refiners seeking secure supplies of Jatropha oil to, “Go out there and buy some Jatropha right now, lock in a price, lock in your investment and lock in a supply that you will start experiencing in about 3-4 years, that quite frankly, you OWN.”

Dr. Raj however reminded listeners about the importance of cultivating Jatropha in a sustainable way, with an understanding of local conditions being the main contributing factor in developing the right sets of practices. He further clarified that there was no ONE method to grow Jatropha successfully, and any profit model or sustainability model needs to be developed at a local level.

Dr. Raj and Mr. Hadden then moved on to answer questions that had been pre-submitted by listeners from Asia, Europe, North & South America and Africa. There was even a live question and answer session, where participants called in & wrote in to contribute to a lively discussion on Jatropha!

To sum up, the webcast was exciting, fast paced, and many issues were raised and dissected by our experts Dr. Raj and Mr. Hadden. In a nutshell, these issues were:

  1. Developing Sustainability Criteria at a local level
  2. Securing Supply of Jatropha oil and seeds
  3. Jatropha’s frost tolerance
  4. A feasible Economic Model for Jatropha cultivation
  5. Jatropha’s Socio-Economic Impact
  6. Need for Jatropha community to meet and exchange ideas

If you missed the live webcast, not to worry. We anticipated that many of you would not have been able to tune in live due to time differences and busy schedules.

We currently have put up the recording of this exciting webcast, which looked at all of the above issues in brief, for you!

Please fill in your first name and email in the form below to access the recording of this webcast.


In the mean time, don’t forget to register for JATROPHAWORLD HAMBURG 2008, which is now the most important event for Jatropha in the world. With registered delegates from over 50 countries, almost everyone who has a vested interest in Jatropha is going to be at JATROPHAWORLD HAMBURG 2008.

As Mr. Hadden had mentioned in the webcast, “It behoves all of us to get together as often as we can to share our data and experiences, and I make it to every JatrophaWorld to keep my finger on the pulse of the industry.”

JATROPHAWORLD HAMBURG 2008 is happening on 20-22 October in Hamburg, GERMANY which is three weeks away. If you haven’t already confirmed your participation, you ought to do so immediately at http://www.futureenergyevents.com/jatropha/attend/register-for-jatrophaworld/

We look forward to meeting you in Hamburg in October.

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Free Webcast: What Makes Jatropha Projects Tick? Upcoming Jatropha Webinar on 30 Sept Addresses Issue.

September 18, 2008 | 1 Comment

So many Jatropha projects are underway or planned for the next five years making the question “What makes a successful Jatropha project Tick” a very critical one for the industry as a whole!

Let’s just look at the statistics.

According to the report, “First Global Market Study on Jatropha” published by GEXSI, “the number and size of Jatropha projects currently being developed is increasing sharply”. The report projects that over “5 million hectares of Jatropha will be planted by 2010.”

That’s a lot of land and a lot of Jatropha and due to the large amount of resources vested in the success of these projects, understanding the factors and practices that will contribute to Jatropha’s commercial success is critical.

Here’s the hitch however, Jatropha is still relatively new, and there’s hardly any reliable information on the ‘how-tos’ of Jatropha project development and management.

Now that’s a void that the JatrophaWorld 2008 team is eager to fill.

We’ve always risen to the challenge of addressing the needs of the industry. So we sought out to answer the question, “What makes successful Jatropha Projects Tick?”

We did this by inviting three leading Jatropha authorities in the world to share their views and take your questions at our upcoming one hour *F*R*E*E webinar “Setting Up Successful Jatropha Projects”, which will be held on 30 September at 9am EST (USA), 3pm CET (Central Europe), 6.30pm IST (India), 9pm SST (Singapore).

“Setting Up Successful Jatropha Projects” will be chaired by Dr. R Rajagopal, author of the position paper “Best Practices for Long Term Jatropha Development” and features Mr. Thilo Zelt of GEXSI’s Global Market Study on Jatropha and Mr. Jamey Hadden, Director of Strategic Development at GreenEnergy Ltd, two leading Jatropha authorities sharing at JatrophaWorld Hamburg 2008.


We are happy to announce the first member on our panel of experts sharing at the “Setting Up Successful Jatropha Projects” webinar. Mr. Thilo Zelt, from GEXSI, is part of the team that brought to the world the “First Global Market Study on Jatropha”. In the course of collecting data for this study, Mr. Zelt has familiarized himself with over 242 ongoing Jatropha projects from all over the world, and as his report specifies, that number is set to expand exponentially in the next two years.

So is it accurate to say that Mr. Zelt knows the Jatropha industry? We’d say YES! In fact, Mr. Zelt is also chairing the optional Jatropha Practitioners Workshop at JatrophaWorld Hamburg 2008 on 22 October to discuss how to set up and manage a Jatropha plantation.

Also on our panel is Mr. Jamey Hadden, Director of Strategic Development at GreenEnergy Ltd. It is fairly accurate to say that Mr. Hadden’s understanding of the Jatropha industry is unparalleled. Over the last three years, Mr. Hadden has been closely involved in over $20 million of successful placements (both private and public) for jatropha-specific ventures.

Mr. Hadden’s company, GreenEnergy (GEV) has the distinction of being Vietnam’s ‘First Mover’ and pioneer in Jatropha cultivation. Working closely with the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development (MARD), Mr. Hadden and GEV have extensive experience in setting up and running Jatropha cultivation projects in new settings.

Mr. Hadden is ideally placed to give you first hand insights into the opportunities and challenges of starting up a new Jatropha venture!

You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to develop your own Jatropha business further with Mr. Hadden’s insights at the “Setting Up Successful Jatropha Projects” webinar, and at JatrophaWorld Hamburg 2008, where he will be sharing his views at the Jatropha Investors Panel on the first day of the conference (20 October).

We are also happy to announce Dr. R Rajagopal as the chairman of “Setting Up Successful Jatropha Projects” webinar. Now we’re sure that’s a familiar name to all of you. Dr. Rajagopal burst into the Jatropha scene with his highly rated position paper “Jatropha as a Biodiesel Feedstock: A Strategic Analysis”, which was downloaded by over 2000 people from all over the world. Dr. Rajagopal recently released an update to his initial paper entitled “Best Practices for Long-Term Jatropha Development”, which has also created a tremendous buzz.

Dr. Raj, Mr. Zelt and Mr. Hadden will discuss KEY FACTORS for successful implementation of a Jatropha Projects and take questions from the audience on matters related to the implementation of a Jatropha project.


The question “What makes a successful Jatropha project tick” is too broad, so for this webinar, our webinar chairmen decided to break it down to include the key issues and practices that will contribute to the answer.

Some of the critical questions that Dr. Rajagopal & Mr. Zelt will aim to answer include:

  • How can Jatropha be grown in a sustainable way?
  • Which is the better approach- Collective farming or Large Scale Jatropha projects?
  • What are key factors in deciding on strategies to be adopted by new Jatropha project developers?
  • What are the current risks & barriers to Jatropha investments?

Plus many more…

More critically, the webinar has been designed for YOU!

Have YOUR questions answered: We have arranged for listeners to submit their questions beforehand and have them answered directly by our panelists.

Debate and Analyze the issues that undermine Jatropha’s success:
Our live Q&A session will enable you to ask questions and CLARIFY your doubts to evaluate your own practices and approaches to your Jatropha project. You will be also be able to participate in the discussion about some of the issues and practices undermining Jatropha’s success, and examine if they can be overcome.

SIGNING UP FOR “Setting up Successful Jatropha Projects”

Did you see the part where we mentioned that the webinar was *F*R*E*E ?

Yes, we are happy to announce that you can register to join us at the Jatropha WEBINAR at NO COST.

Make sure you visit & Instantly Confirm your Participation at this FREE Webinar.

All you need to do is to fill in the electronic form at the bottom of the page. We will be in touch with you to provide you with more information on how to tune into this exciting Webinar on
30 September at 9am EST (US), 3pm CET (Central Europe),
6.30pm IST (India), 9pm SST (Singapore).

We look forward to hearing from all of you at the “Setting up Successful Jatropha Projects” on 30 September.

Hurry, Reserve Your Spot Now!

Free Webcast “Debunking the Myths of Jatropha” Attempts to Separate the Fact from the Fiction. Tune in on January 8 as Two Experts Address the Wild Claims that Continue to Undermine Jatropha’s Reputation.

December 31, 2007 | Comments Off on Free Webcast “Debunking the Myths of Jatropha” Attempts to Separate the Fact from the Fiction. Tune in on January 8 as Two Experts Address the Wild Claims that Continue to Undermine Jatropha’s Reputation.

The webcast, “Debunking the Myths of Jatropha”, conducted by Dr. R Rajagopal and Dr. Sudheer Shetty, is being released in line with the JatrophaWorld 2008 conference which is to be held in Jakarta on 23 and 24 January 2008. The webcast endeavors to answer subscribers’ questions about the prevalent myths being perpetuated about eventgraphic200px.jpgthe Jatropha industry and markets. These include claims about the crop yields and germplasm. This webcast to be held on 8 January 2008, is being released by CMT and is available for free.

SINGAPORE, December 31, 2007 – The JatrophaWorld 2008 Conference (www.futureenergyevents.com/jatropha), to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 23-24 January 2008, is being organized by Centre for Management Technology (CMT). In line with JatrophaWorld 2008’s commitment towards bringing the best expertise to discuss and analyze the Jatropha industry, and the overwhelming response to the position paper, “Sustainable Biodiesel Feedstock. Jatropha: A Strategic Option”, CMT has decided to open the lines for dialogue with experts in the Jatropha industry through their free webcast, Debunking the Myths of Jatropha.

To be held on 8 January 2008 at 1.00pm GMT, the webcast is aimed at examining the myths and claims that surround Jatropha, as well as the long term outlook and issues that undermine the future viability of Jatropha. The issues raised will be based on real concerns and questions directed towards the panel of experts by subscribers themselves, so that the investors’ problems are addressed directly.

Contemporary trends across the world indicate a pronounced shift towards Jatropha as a more viable and sustainable feedstock for Biodiesel compared to other food based crops, and while investment in the crop is increasing exponentially, there still remain many who inflate and perpetuate myths about the crop, and in turn undermine the promise of this crop by reducing its credibility in the eye of the investor.

At the webcast, subscribers will be able to hear from Dr. Sudheer Shetty, who is one of the experts speaking at JATROPHAWORLD 2008. Dr. Shetty is the Chairman and MD of Labland Biodiesel Company which is focused on Jatropha-based biodiesel activities. The company has been recognized by the Ministry of Science and Technology, India, for carrying out tissue culture work on Jatropha.

The webcast will be moderated by Dr. R. Rajagopal author of the position paper “Sustainable Biodiesel Feedstock. Jatropha: A Strategic Option”. Dr. Raj will also welcome feedback and questions about his position paper at the webcast.

Those interested in Jatropha and biofuels are encouraged to register for the Free webcast “Debunking the Myths of Jatropha” at http://www.futureenergyevents.com/jatrophawebcast/
The answers that the Webcast endeavors to answer and other questions will be expanded on at JatrophaWorld 2008.

The JatrophaWorld 2008 organizer, Centre for Management Technology (CMT), has brought together the best expertise and brightest brains to discuss and analyze the present and future dynamics of Jatropha. The companies represented include Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute of Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology, Singapore’s Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Malaysia’s Asiatic Centre for Genomic Technologies Sdn. Bhd., the Indonesian Center for Estate Crops Research & Development (ICERD) as well as India’s Naturol Bioenergy Limited and Labland Biodiesel Private Limited.

Delegates will be able to expand their knowledge about Jatropha and alternative energy and also network with the “me de la” me of the Jatropha industry.

JatrophaWorld 2008 is going to be the most important conference of 2008 for those who want to keep abreast of the latest developments in the agriculture, processing, socio-economics and financing of Jatropha as an alternative energy source. Those wanting more information or who are vitally interested in Jatropha as a feedstock for Biodiesel and alternative energy must visit http://www.futureenergyevents.com/jatropha. While there, they can register for this essential conference.

About Centre for Management Technology
CMT is dedicated to the provision of the latest global technology and business information in the chemical industry through high profile conferences focusing on renewable, liquid energy sources. CMT has organized industry specific conferences on Liquid Natural Gas, and LPG, ground breaking summit on technologies like Coal to Liquids, Gas to Liquids, and Bio-mass to Liquid, and alternative energy or future fuels forums like Biodiesel, Biofuels and Ethanol. This has established CMT as the market leader in promoting this nascent industry as an alternative global powerhouse.

Divya Sangam
Marketing Executive
Phone: 65-63469140
Email: divya@cmtsp.com.sg