Biodiesel, Jatropha, Vietnam

Vietnam on the Jatropha Bandwagon

September 28, 2007 (VietNamNet) – A group of researchers from the HCM City-based Institute for Tropical Biology is conducting a pilot project, in which they plant Purging nut (Jatropha curcas L.) to process bio-fuel.The researchers have grown purging nut in the southern province of Binh Phuoc, which has suitable weather and soil conditions for this kind of tree. Purging nut can release fruit from six to twelve months.

According to researchers, the oil content of seed of purging nut is around 35-45% so one hectare of purging nut can produce 2,500 to 3,000l of bio-diesel a year.

They said that it is quite simple to produce bio-diesel from the oil of purging nut seed. Methanol and potassium hydroxide are two basic, cheap chemicals used to make bio-diesel from purging nut oil.

The waste of purging nut seed can be used to produce organic fertilizer because it contains high content of protein and some anti-pesticide compounds.

This kind of plant is drought resistant and it can develop on exhausted soil, sandy soil, etc. Purging nut is also good for protecting soil and to prevent erosion on hills. It is also one kind of perennial tree, which has a life span of 30-40 years.

This tropical crop is native to Mexico and Central America, but is cultivated in many other Latin American, Asian and African countries as a hedge.


6 thoughts on “Vietnam on the Jatropha Bandwagon

  1. Mr. LEE UN-HEE says:

    I’d like to know jatropha price by ton. ( nut or oil price )

    Pls give me above price in my mail as soon as possible.

  2. Vietnam would be able to generate higher revenue from the food crop in the fertile lan in the country i/o going forward with the unseen energy crop like Jatropha.

    So far no proved testimonial supportive information that Jatropha crops would generate reasonable result

    All productivity yield and cultivation methodologies are based on the speculation and theoretically assumption of this wld plant.

    Jatropha is the non edible crop but it is now competing the land for food crop which would generating higher value to feed the world for such teh fertile land in Vietnam.

  3. Melmerry says:

    Chumroen: Jitropha is grown in marginal land in Vietnam, very sandy with low nutrients and not good for any of the regular food crops. The reason for the takeup is that it can be grown on land that is quite poor. It was shown to be extremely hardy, needing very little water in comparison with other crops.

  4. THOMAS WANG says:

    Dear Sir,

    I’m writing on behalf of Tomson Biochemical Energy Co., Ltd. which headquarters in Taiwan and specializes in the biodiesel manufacturing – a business belonging to the green energy industry. Now, we urgently need the following raw materials:
    1. Jatropha Seeds
    2. Jatropha Oil
    3. Biodiesel
    4. Castor Seeds
    5. Castor Oil

    Please provide the information of your contact person in charge of the matter to facilitate our correspondence.

    We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    Thomas Wang

    Tomson Biochemical Energy Co., Ltd.
    11F.-5, No. 200, Sec. 5, Nanjing E. Rd., Songshan District, Taipei City 10571, Taiwan, (R.O.C.)
    Tel: 886-2-22363939
    Fax: 886-2-22367000
    Mobile Phone: 886-928-806963

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