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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2009’s Rallying Cry? “It’s A Good Year for Jatropha Investments.”

January 22, 2009 | 2 Comments

Abundant Biofuels Corporation CEO Dr. Charles Fishel explains the whys and hows in Episode 3 of the Jatrophaworld Interview Series. In Episode 2 of the Jatropha interview Series, Mr. Eduardo Bundyra, CEO of Biotins Energia made the bold proclamation that 2009 was a good year to go into Jatropha.

And he’s not alone in saying this.

Dr. Charles Fishel, CEO of Abundant Biofuels Corporation, one of the most entrenched and experienced Jatropha players in the sector seconded this view.

During Episode 3 of the Jatropha Interview Series, Dr. Fishel, over the phone from California, offered his message of hope for the Jatropha sector, “We should push forward as hard as we can right now! Now is a good time to invest in Jatropha!

Warming to the subject, Dr. Fishel went on to add, “It’s going to take one to two years for the Jatropha to be productive, and your project will mature at about the same time economists predict the economy will start to recovery. And that could make a really exciting investment for one thinking about an IPO, an acquisition or a merger with one of the major oil companies or other interested green companies.”

Dr. Fishel also emphasized the need to practice sustainable Jatropha cultivation, and avoid ‘land grabbing’ and exploitation to grow jatropha, in compliance with the twelve standards lay out by the sustainable biofuels alliance.

Don’t miss out on the most exciting and informative episode yet, click here to access Episode 3: Making Sustainable Jatropha Cultivation WORK.

And if you haven’t confirmed your participation at JatrophaWorld Asia 2009, then do so now by clicking here.

As Dr. Fishel said, 2009 is not the year to be “shy” with your investment in Jatropha.

JatrophaWorld Asia 2009 is the only conference in the world dedicated to mapping all the opportunities in the sector for growth.

We look forward to meeting you in Kuala Lumpur in February!

Is 2009 Good for Jatropha Investments?

January 22, 2009 | 2 Comments

The CEO Says YES. Eduardo Bundyra, CEO of Biotins Energia shares his thoughts on upcoming opportunities in Jatropha. According to Eduardo Bundyra, 2009 is a good year to start a Jatropha Project. Sharing his thoughts at Episode 2 of the Jatropha Interview Series, Eduardo Bundyra, a panelist at the Practitioners and Production Model Roundtable at Jatropha World Asia 2009 shared his optimism for the Jatropha sector.

He said, “A lot of the unknowns about Jatropha have been tackled, and we have a much better understanding of the ‘real’ raw material and labor requirements,  as well as how to tackle some of the risks.” Mr. Bundyra is CEO of Brazil’s Biotins Energia, one of the leading players in Brazil’s Jatropha sector, working closely with Saudi Bras, and the Brazilian Association of Jatropha Producers (ABPPM) to develop of the Jatropha sector in Brazil and expand their Jatropha cultivation to 12,000 Ha in the next two to three years.

As someone with a vested interest in the growth of the Jatropha sector, Mr. Bundyra was in an excellent position to discuss the future direction of the industry from a more holistic perspective, looking at issues from the eyes of a project developer and an investor.

Don’t loose sight of the bigger picture. Tune in to listen to Mr. Bundyra’s insights on:

  • Why Brazil? Emerging Role of Brazil in Jatropha sector.
  • Will Jatropha overtake Sugarcane as main Biofuel Crop in Brazil?
  • Finding a balance between Profit and Sustainable Jatropha cultivation.
  • Small-scale vs. Large-scale cultivation- developing an ideal business model.
  • Assessing risk for new Jatropha projects.

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