BEI Jatropha Wave Harvester, A Mechanical Harvesting System for Jatropha Successfully Deployed in Honduras

June 24, 2010 | 1 Comment

In Honduras, the Agroipsa Farm in Choluteca has deployed the BEI Jatropha Wave Harvester, a mechanical harvesting system for Jatropha which has successfully completed an eight-month trial of the system, according to BEI International, the harvester’s manufacturer. The system was used for mechanical harvest of a 550 hectare plantation of three-year old jatriopha. Max Lint of BEI reports, “it is feasible to grow and harvest Jatropha on a commercial scale.  We are working with many Jatropha growers around the world that have a need for our Jatropha harvester.  We are currently working on a Jatropha harvester sale in Hawaii and another in Brazil.”

Source: http://biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2010/04/21/mechanical-jatropha-harvester-successfully-trialed-in-honduras/, 21 April 2010

JatrophaWorld 2010 meeting on 6 – 7 October2010 in Rotterdam is slated to offer more information on A-Z of Jatropha Production. Some of the topics & speakers at this event include:

  • Global Jatropha Practitioners’ Roundtable (on Honduras’ jatropha industry)
    Presented by: Mr. David Erazo, General Manager, Agroipsa
  • Advances in Mechanical Harvesting
    – Results from field trials
    – Plantation design to suit mechanical harvesting
    – Costs and economics
    Presented by: Mr. Max Lint, President/CEO, BEI International LLC
  • Advances in Mechanical Harvesting
    – Harvesting in Africa, experiences and results
    – Different harvesting methods
    – Future challenges with mechanization
    Presented by: Mr. Toni Sandholm, Sales Manager, Rakennustempo Oy

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Biofuel Prediction for 2010? Jatropha’s Revival! Timely JatrophaWorld Conference Highlights Global Jatropha Commercialization Challenges.

April 27, 2010 | Comments Off on Biofuel Prediction for 2010? Jatropha’s Revival! Timely JatrophaWorld Conference Highlights Global Jatropha Commercialization Challenges.

In January this year, Jim Lane, the editor of Biofuels Digest predicted that 2010 would be the year of Jatropha’s revival. Specifically, he said, “Jatropha will gain renewed interest and traction as a go-to feedstock for aviation biofuels.

Jim hit the nail in the head with his comment! Within a few weeks of this prediction, General Motors announced a 5-year partnership with the US Department of Energy, and India’s Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI) to demonstrate the commercial viability of Jatropha as biofuel feedstock. Jatropha was also blasted into Space as part of NASA’s “Alternative Energy Crops in Space” study, which aims to study if microgravity can help Jatropha Curcas plant cells grow faster.

With such high profile headlines, it is clear that Jatropha is back for 2010! And the time is ripe to tackle unanswered questions spanning the Propagation, Cultivation, Pruning, Harvesting, Oil Extraction, Processing and Marketing of Jatropha, to speed up the commercialization of Jatropha Cultivation.

JatrophaWorld 2010, meeting in Rotterdam from 6-7 October offers much-needed clarity!

The JatrophaWorld conference is back for 2010, to take up the mantle as the global meeting point for the Jatropha community to interact and exchange ideas on charting the right way forward to meet the Jatropha Commercialization challenge. In a nutshell, JatrophaWorld 2010 will provide a true depiction of Jatropha’s potential, with insights and updates on the latest developments in Jatropha cultivation, processing, R&D and marketing. Conference highlights include:

  • Experiences of Jatropha Growers in: Africa, North & South America, Asia
  • A-Z of Jatropha Production: Propagation, Cultivation, Pruning, Harvesting, Oil Extraction
  • Sustainable Jatropha Production – Environmentally and Socially Responsible Business Model
  • Optimized Project Development to maximize ROI for shareholders
  • R&D Advancements in Breeding & Yield Improvement
  • Application Technologies, including utilization of Jatropha Crude Oil, Biomass, Seedcake

Since 2008, JatrophaWorld conferences have benefitted over 1800 Jatropha stakeholders from over 100 countries. To be a part of this elite group, send in your registrations for JatrophaWorld 2010 today. Click on the link below to access our online registration form.

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Sandwiched between the Hype & Reality of Jatropha cultivation? Take 2 days off & Come to 2nd JatrophaWorld Americas for clarity…

October 9, 2009 | 2 Comments

While it is hard to untangle the impact of the global financial downturn from general disenchantment with jatropha itself, it is fair to say that the investment gotten way ahead of the plant science!

But if you see yourself in Jatropha for the long-haul, you should take 2 days off to attend 2nd JatrophaWorld Americas in Miami on 3-4 December, because here is a platform where you can fill in the gaps in your experience and knowledge of the jatropha business.

In short, we throw out the hype and ‘wishful thinking’, to present the scientific findings and valuable data you can use to take your Jatropha business to the next level.

In 2 days, you can get facts and valuable information on:

  • Improving the Productivity and Economics of Jatropha Projects
  • The Ideal Production Model for Commercial Jatropha Production
  • Securing Project Funding and Raising Capital during the Recession
  • Carbon Credits Potential for Jatropha Projects
  • Tapping Mechanized Harvesting, Tissue Culture Breeding & Jatropha Genomics research to improve your overall Jatropha productivity.
  • Effectively Expelling and Purifying your Jatropha oil for sale.
  • The primary buyers of Jatropha oil and their expectations.

>>Find out more here<<

And of course, if you need a little extra help, you’ll really benefit from our “MINI Workshop”, a highly interactive session conducted by 3 leading Jatropha experts, which we have integrated into the 2nd JatrophaWorld Americas program.

The seminar style workshop on 4th December will take you through the entire Jatropha Biodiesel Value Chain Model, an approach designed to help you procure financing effectively, establish the principal Drivers of your business and enhance shareholder value. >>Find out more here<<

So what are you waiting for? Confirm your attendance at 2nd JatrophaWorld Americas, the best investment you will ever make for your Jatropha business. >>CLICK here to sign up<<

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.

3 leading Jatropha researchers share proof that methodological errors & inadequate data was behind controversial Jatropha water footprint findings.

September 6, 2009 | 2 Comments

The controversial report by University of Twente (Gerbens-Leenes et al), which claimed that Jatropha has the highest water footprint among all the BioEnergy crops caused a stir in the jatropha sector, and now, rebuttals from the Jatropha research community are proving that the findings were wrong.

2nd JatrophaWorld Africa Speakers Prof. Bart Muys and Ir. Wouter Achten along with their colleague Wouter Maes from Belgium’s Katholieke Universiteit Leuven sent a clear message to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) rebutting the controversial findings.

Here were some of the key flaws they highlighted in the Gerbens-Leenes et al findings:

  • The data used by the authors (Gerbens-Leenes et al) were wrong. Instead of using data of real water used by jatropha, they summed the total rainfall and irrigation: the actual water used will be only a fraction of this sum, particularly in regions with very intense rainfall events; this has caused a considerable overestimation of the water footprint.
  • The other parameters necessary to calculate the water footprint of jatropha ( ffat, fdiesel, and HHVdiesel) were unfounded. The article they cited as reference did not match up to the figures they used.
  • The authors only used data of very young Jatropha plantations. Jatropha is a woody species, and at the beginning of its life, Jatropha, like other woody species, invests mainly in non-reproductive tissues, such as stem and root biomass. Mature jatropha plants invest considerably less in non-reproductive tissue and more in reproductive tissues, hence the water footprint decreases with age. Therefore, ignoring the particularities of a woody species additionally overestimated the water footprint. For a correct calculation of water footprint, the entire life span should be taken into account.
  • The authors used data of ONLY 5 jatropha plantations. They also failed to check whether the agronomical practices in these plantations were adequate.
  • A recent calculation of the water footprint in an Egyptian Jatropha plantation was only 16% of the Gerbens-Leenes estimate. Maes et al. gave a rough estimate, based on data on an Egyptian 1-year old plantation, and find that the water footprint under optimal irrigation was 65 m3/GJ, only 16% of the estimate of Gerbens-Leenes et al. However, it must be noted that the limited data currently available makes it is impossible for accurate caulculations of Jatropha’s WF.

Other world renowned Jatropha researchers have published similar rebuttals, rejecting the Gerbens-Leenes et al findings, including Raymond Jongschaap R.A.R. Blesgraaf, Thom Bogaard, E.N. van Loo and H.H.G. Savenije from University Wageningen and Delft.

>>Attend 2nd JatrophaWorld Africa<< to hear from Prof Bart Muys who will be speaking on the topic ‘First Worldwide Yield Model For Jatropha’ and Ir. Wouter Achten, who will be sharing on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Biodiesel Production!

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:

MINI-WORKSHOP: JATROPHA BIODIESEL VALUE CHAIN MODEL – MEETING FUNDING REQUIREMENTS
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.

Panelists:

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

» TAKE ME to the REGISTRATION PAGE where I can SIGN UP with my Team, and set my Jatropha project on the path to a successful future!

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