Biodiesel, Biofuels, Biomass, Philippines

Charcoal Briquettes from Jatropha Waste (Philippines)

October 4, 2007 (Bayanihan) – Local sale of charcoal briquettes made with jatropha plant waste from bio-diesel production can hit some PhP 1.1 billion next year.”It’s possible if we follow provisions of Republic Act 9367, the Bio-fuels Act,” said Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Chief Science Research Specialist Santiago Baconguis who made this projection.

Since oil from jatropha seeds can be extracted and processed into bio-diesel then mixed with traditional diesel engine fuel, he said the plant’s residue from this process represents an alternative resource for making briquettes which are blocks of flammable material used to start and maintain fires.

RA 9367 requires a minimum one percent blend of bio-diesel, which is derived from biomass or organic matter like jatropha, with traditional diesel engine fuel sold nationwide.

“A one percent blend will generate about 300,000 metric tons (MT) of jatropha waste which can be made into some 75,000 MT of charcoal briquettes that people can sell at PhP15 per kilogram (kg),” Baconguis said, citing results of his study for DENR’s Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau.

Biomass Briquettes

Government is promoting jatropha as an alternative fuel source to help reduce the country’s dependence on costly imported traditional fuel which is among sources of carbon dioxide emissions.

Baconguis noted increasing the bio-diesel blend will require processing of more jatropha seeds so this will result in a corresponding hike in volume of waste that can be tapped for more briquetting.

He continues promoting production and use of briquettes since this will help people realize profit from jatropha waste.

“Either about 947 producers using manual briquettors with daily capacities of 300 kg each or 142 producers using hydraulic briquettors with a two-ton daily capacity will be needed,” he said.

He also said using jatropha for briquettes will help rehabilitate denuded areas as demand for this plant will increase.

Aside from jatropha waste, Baconguis said organic materials like corn cobs, rice hull, sugarcane bagasse, coconut residue, animal manure and urban refuse can be tapped for briquetting.


20 thoughts on “Charcoal Briquettes from Jatropha Waste (Philippines)

  1. Dear Sir,

    Our company is one of the biggest traders of the biomass in Poland. We are looking for the new renewable energy sources. I’m very interesting in jatropha briquettes and would like to get more info about this alternative fuel.
    Who should I contact with? Who is the biggest producer?
    Thank you.

    Best regards,
    Lukasz Senczyszyn

    • Nachiappan says:

      Dear Lukasz Senczyszyn,

      I’m Nachiappan, we are processing jatropha seeds for oil. We have huge quantities of Jatropha pellets,which could be sold to you at USD0.50cents/Kg FOB, Packed in 25/50Kg PP lined bags. If interetsed please mail us back. We could organise a trial shipment of one 20FCL.

      Awaiying your ernst reponse.

      Thanks and Regards,


      • HURAH says:

        Hi, This is now March 2011. I’ve tried to track down “Nachi” who also appeared in the Agricultural Information site. But so far there has been no way to contact him directly. Any information on this contact will be much appreciated.






    We, Enhanced Biofuels & Technologies India (P) Ltd., feel proud to introduce ourselves as one of the pioneers in the field of Biofuel production using Non edible Sources of feed stock like Jatropha and Algae. The fine art of Natural Science combined with the Innovative Technology has brought a great success in the field of Research and Development. Our breakthrough in the field of Agronomy, processing technology, renewable energy, biotechnology, microbiology and Phycology. The company has undertaken research and development into each of these various fields, for the purpose of applying scientific methodology to the design, development, processing and distribution of alternative biofuels, the generation/distribution of bio-energy and the processing of bi-products.

    Biodiesel production has marked our presence in the Biofuel Market ever since 2002.We have invested $ 12 million for the research on Biofuel production. Our group of 36 Scientists and the Science Advisory Board has made everlasting achievements in the field of R & D.

    The State Trading Corporation of India Ltd (STC), a premier international trading company under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Department of Commerce, Government of India in association with M/s Enhanced Biofuels & Technologies (India) Pvt. Limited (EBT) is offering Biofuels project using Non edible feed stock such as Jatropha in Algae in all parts of the world.


    The State Trading Corporation of India Ltd (STC) is a premier international trading company under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Department of Commerce, Government of India. STC has recently celebrated its Golden Jubilee and is now entering its 52nd year of service to the nation. STC has an equity base of Indian Rupees 300 million (USD 7.5 Million), of which, 91% is held by the Government of India. In the recent years, there has been a continuous spurt in the business activities of the Corporation and STC’s turnover reached an all time high of over Indian Rupees 14.3 billion (USD 3.5 billion) in the year 2006-2007. The net worth of the Corporation is over Indian Rupees 4 Billion.

    STC exports a diverse range of items to countries all over the world. Its export basket includes wheat, rice, castor oil / seed, tea, jute goods, spices, sugar, other agro-products, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, steel raw materials, coke, iron ore, light engineering goods, construction materials, consumer goods, sports goods processed foods, marine products, textile, garments, leatherwear, gems, jewellery and so on. The Corporation also monitors counter trade and offset commitments against bulk purchases made by the Government. STC’s total exports for the year 2006-07 stood at Indian Rupees 29,054 Million.

    On the import front, STC handles crucial raw materials for the Indian industry as also mass consumption items. Major items of import include various agro-products like wheat, pulses, rice, corn, edible oils etc, gold, silver, fertilizer, metals, minerals, hydro-carbons, petro-chemicals, FMCG goods, IT products etc. etc. STC’s total imports for the year 2006-07 were Indian Rupees 107,089 Million.

    On the domestic front, the Corporation mainly deals in hydrocarbons, minerals, metals, petro-chemicals, tea, pulses and jute. The total turnover on domestic business for the year 2006-07 stood at Indian Rupees 6,979 Million.

    STC has been ranked excellent in terms of performance by Government of India continuously for last three years – 2003-04, 2004-05 & 2005-06. Dun & Bradstreet Information Services Pvt. Limited has ranked STC as 73rd amongst top Indian companies.


    STC has entered into a strategic alliance with Enhanced Biofuels and Technologies India (P) Limited, Coimbatore, India (EBT) for exploring markets around the globe for supply/ cultivation of Jatropha Curcas Linn planting materials, bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides and related processing technology and equipments for production of bio-fuels. STC will support EBT with its vast international network and alliances in setting up various initiatives including joint ventures in identified countries in Asia and around the globe.


    EBT’s focus has been geared towards funding research and development for alternative energy resources, inclusive of the execution pilot projects.


    EBT has evolved a highly integrated complimentary operational profile that embraces a team of scientific and technical skills drawn from some of the world’s foremost academic, industrial, policy and financial sectors. EBT’s core physical assets centre on the scientific work that has been performed at their laboratory in Coimbatore, India, and the virtual assets of the company span all four continents; EBT possesses a modern day global footprint.


    EBT’s is continuing to improve upon microbiology, biotechnology and processing techniques associated with the cultivation of Jatropha Curcas Linn as a viable feedstock’s for the production of bio energy. To date, the company has established cultivation benchmarks that enhance feedstock quality, productivity and yields that are accredited worldwide.



    Jatropha in India & Part of EBT in development of Jatropha

    Jatropha Curcas is known as non edible oil seed and good feed stock for Bio Diesel world. Still it is not handled as an alternate crop (or) commercial crop in farming community .All government institutions and non governmental organizations are involved in the development program of Jatropha.

    Jatropha is used as fencing crop for all Agriculture crops. Few years ago, it was considered as a cultivable crop by farmers. Because of lower productivity and poor price in market, it has been eradicated. The fossil petroleum crude oil price and decreasing of crude oil availability has led to increase in the popularity of Jatropha.

    Problems of Jatropha
    1. Proper breeding work was not carried out
    2. Low physical and genetic purity planting material was handled
    3. Cultivated as rain fed crop
    4. Planted in improper spacing
    5. Plant nutrition was not standardized
    6. Plant protection methods was not standardized & practiced
    7. No training and pruning
    8. Lot of Variation by cross pollination and hetrocygasity

    EBT mandates
    1. Multiplication and supply of seed orchards, Tissue culture
    2. Isolation and standardization of protocol for tissue culture
    3. Multiplication of growing media, and specific strains for Jatropha
    4. Standardization of packages of practices based high yield and good quality of oil easy to convert in to Bio diesel with minimal modifications
    5. Identification of high value intercrops in Jatropha according to the available facilities
    6. Detoxification and standardization of protocol for photochemical isolation from cakes
    7. Isolation of Bio pesticide from leaves and cakes
    8. Honey collection by honey bee and identification medicinal properties from Jatropha
    9. Identification of medicines from the leaves for piles and some external blood wounds

    EBT has been following an intensive research programme on the cultivation of Jatropha and has been successful in creating crops of high yielding varieties with high oil content and resistant to harmful pests by a careful germplasm selection focusing on closed internodes, sex ratio, fruit setting percentage, dry seed weight, and germination and seed viability.

    EBT has achieved the world record break of high yielding germplasm (85 fruits / cyme)
    • Identification Mite resistant line
    • Identification and standardization of IPM for Mites
    • Achieved 120 branches in seedling progeny in 180th day
    • Getting first harvest in 50 days old plants
    • Well developed kernels with all seeds
    • Standardization the protocol for 95% rooting in vegetative propagation
    • Standardization the Agronomical technology (Pruning, Spacing,)
    • Excellent rooting and growth promotion by EBT
    • Discovered Plant growth promoting micro organism and Probiotic microbial consortium to remediate the heavy metals infected soil
    • Isolation of associated micro organism for plant protection and nutrient dilution and fixation
    • Isolation of Sulphur solubilizing bacteria to enhance the oil recovery & Quality of the oil
    • Isolation Bio digester fro Bio gas production and Coir pith composting
    • Identified micro organisms for detoxification of Jatropha de oiled cake
    • Proposed for sex pheromone trap for fruit sucking bug which can expected important pest in Jatropha farms

    Selection of variety

    • EBT has explored 270 high yielding clones out of 15 million wild plants.
    • Their selections yielded to a maximum of 1.8 kg seeds in 9 months and on an average of 0.9kg per plant.
    • EBT has recorded 18 bunches and average of 27 fruits per bunch with a seed weight of 0.8 g per seed (as against highest recorded globally 0.6g certified by Dr George Francis, Hogeingem University Germany).
    • EBT has identified an accession having potentiality of producing 60 fruits/bunch.
    • EBT has developed commercially high yielding clones of Jatropha curcas producing 5kg/tree with oil yield of 35% Clones producing 12kg/tree is under multi-location trial with a target of 5mt/ hectare /yr.
    • EBT has developed pest resistant Jatropha cultivar.
    • EBT has achieved 90% seed germination and 95% root initiation in CPM (Clonal propagation Method). Identified location and species specific bio- fertilizers & bio- control agents for enhanced Jatropha curcas cultivation.
    • EBT has optimized Integrated Nutrient management, Integrated Pest Management and water requirements for Jatropha curcas.
    • EBT has standardized protocol for tissue culture Jatropha and mass multiplication of clonal propagating material.
    • EBT has developed Biotechnology techniques standardizing Jatropha seeds and inputs – growing media, bio pesticides, and bio fertilizer, for de-centralized distribution under government controlled Agro-Extension programmes – expected yields 12 tonnes of seed per hectares/p.a extracting 5.5 tonnes crude vegetable oil per hectare/p.a with integrated proprietary Pest Management.
    • A revenue model with commercially proven technologies for Jatropha to generate profit of $1500/hectare/year has been demonstrated by EBT.
    • EBT has developed conception of multi-tiered intercropping for coconut plantations producing Wood, Biomass, Ginger, Pepper and Vanilla.

    Standardization of packages of practices based on high yield and good quality of oil easy to convert into Bio diesel with minimal modifications

    a. Integrated water management
    b. Integrated plant protection technology
    c. Integrated nutrient management
    d. Integrated weed management
    e. Enriched manure production by weeds
    f. Phytoremediation with Jatropha
    g. Using hormones to increase the female flower production
    h. Coating with bio-polymer and bio-fertilizer to increase the Viability of seed
    i. Training pruning methods to produce more branches
    j. Precision seed production technology from clonal orchards

    By a well researched process, EBT has been able to demonstrate the right farming techniques to be adopted for successful and commercially viable cultivation of Jatropha. EBT has a technological alliance with major international partners for the oil extraction and refining and in due course of time, will be setting up joint ventures with such partnerships both in the space of commercial plantation and oil extraction and refining. As a result of research into the plant’s genetic characteristics, fertilization, pesticide and physical management requirements, EBT possesses a holistic agronomy data base for the complete cultivation of Jatropha Curcas as an economically viable energy crop/feedstock for the production of bio fuels.

    EBT has established significant technology advances for the processing of Jatropha Curcas bio mass into high value commodities. These include: bio lubricants, pharmaceutical supplies, bio ethanol, bio energy and insect repellents, adding value and feasibility for the cultivation of Jatropha Curcas as a primary crop for undeveloped land throughout Southern Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

    EBT has recognised the socio-economic value cultivation of Jatropha Curcas has for the highly decentralised rural communities of developing economic regions throughout the Middle East, Asian, African, Latin American and Pacific islands. In support of commercial pro-poverty reduction policy, EBT’s executive has designed and engineered an agricultural extension system for Jatropha Curcas specifically to address international policy initiatives that seek to include sub tropical agricultural activity as a factor of national fuel security.
    Microalgae appear to be the only promising source of renewable biodiesel that is capable of meeting the global demand for transport fuels. Like plants, microalgae use sunlight to produce oils but they do so more efficiently than crop plants. Oil productivity of many microalgae greatly exceeds the oil productivity of the best
    producing oil crops

    Currently, EBT’s focus projects on the Biofuels derived from tiny microorganisms that clean up the environment by utilizing Green House Gases (GHG) to produce huge amounts of oil.

    Microalgae are sunlight-driven cell factories that convert carbon dioxide to potential biofuels, foods, feeds and high-value bioactive compounds (Pharmaceuticals and Neutraceuticals). In addition, these photosynthetic microorganisms are useful in bioremediation applications and as nitrogen fixing biofertilizers. The idea of using microalgae as a source of fuel is not new but it is now being taken seriously because of the escalating price of petroleum and, more significantly, the emerging concern about global warming that is associated with burning fossil fuels. Unlike other oil crops, microalgae grow rapidly and many are exceedingly rich in oil. Microalgae commonly double their biomass within 24 h. Biomass doubling times during exponential growth are commonly as short as 3.5 h. Oil content in microalgae can exceed 80% by weight of dry biomass .Oil levels of 20–50% are quite common. Oil productivity, that is the mass of oil produced per unit volume of the micro algal broth per day, depends on the algal growth rate and the oil content of the biomass. Microalgae with high oil productivities are desired for producing biodiesel.


     EBT currently possess 64 different micro algal strains that produce ample amounts of lipids by cleaning up the flue gases
     EBT Algal strains have reported up to 54% of crude oil production on dry biomass basis
     EBT BRDC strains have the potential of yielding 245MT/ha/annum of dry biomass, and an oil yield of 132MT/ha/annum (IN LAB SCALE).
     Micro algae has a high oil content (minimum 37 %) and the oil has a high EPA/DHA content (greater than 40%) encapsulated within the micro-algal cells
     Standardization of protocols for extraction of micro algal crude oil would make the extraction possible up to 90%
     We have isolated a rapidly growing micro algal strain having 4 doublings per day and an oil yield of 50-60% under ambient culture conditions
     Standardized the protocol for separation of wet biomass and dried and recorded 21.3% of wet biomass to dry biomass
     Studies of growth curve for the EBT strains to minimize the doubling time of Algae
     The heavy metals present in the underutilized waste water are being effectively utilized by the microalgae for their growth and lipid production.
     Various growth parameters such as temperature, light intensity, photoperiod, pH, aeration and nutrient concentrations are being optimized for microalgal mass production
     The water considered as non-potable would serve as a good medium for microalgal multiplication
     EBT possess microalgal cultures that withstand high range of salinities in water
     The mass cultivation of microalgae are done in cost effective outdoor ponds and polybags thereby utilizing ample amount of natural sunlight and greenhouse gases
     The Algal Neutraceuticals (Astaxanthin) obtained as a byproduct is of high value
     The Omega 3 oils obtained as a fraction of microalgal oil is of high pharmaceutical value thereby could be utilized as anti-cancerous, anti-inflammation, anti-HIV, anti-oxidant and treatment of cardio vascular problems
     Algae polysaccharides are also of pharmaceutical importance
     Green algae may just hold the answer to prevent future occurrences of hurricanes, tsunamis and other disasters stemming from climate changes


    Biodiesel processing technologies

    (1) Bio-diesel

    Existing transesterification process is under modification to suit the technology having higher FFA and phospholipids. But EBT goal is to use technologies other than trans-esterification process. Technologies in EBT pipeline is in joint venture with U.S.A
    a. Nanocatalysis
    b. Micro and Membrane reactors
    c. Enzymatic transterification
    d. Homogeneous catalyst

    (2) Glycerol Etherification Technology

    Glycerol etherification technology deals with the conversion and transformation of glycerol as a value added fuel product. This product act as an oxygenate additive to gasoline and Bio-fuels
    It has a great potential in replacing chemically derived toxic oxygenates such as MTBE. The above technology has been jointly standardized and demonstrated along with our joint venture partners in U.S.A.
    (3) Renewable Aviation Turbine Fuels (ATF)

    EBT is in the process of developing bio-based aviation fuels. Bio-diesel can be used as aviation fuel to partially replace white kerosene, the fuel standard of bio-diesel can be enhanced to meet the ATF standards using suitable fuel additives. Bio-diesel can also be blended with ATF.

    (4) Bio-lubricants

    EBT has also started R & D on bio-lubricants and we found the following merits using bio-lubricants from SVO

    a. increase in engine life
    b. 30% quantity reductions
    c. more benefits to consumers

    Other applications of bio-lubricants

    a. Transformer oil
    b. Insulating oil
    c. Metallurgical oil
    d. 2T oil
    e. Hydraulic oil
    f. Fluid oil

    Merits of EBT’s Improved Technology

    – No pollution
    – No separation of FFA
    – Process is in liquid form
    – 0.7% less in cost of production

    Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)


    The following practices and activities have been evaluated for the purpose of exploring the potential for landowners to sequester carbon on and/or reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to their operation:

    High potential for carbon sequestration:

    • Afforestation (new forest) on poorly stocked forest lands,
    • Nutrient management,
    • Biomass (cropland residues) energy source
    • Afforestation on marginal cropland,
    • Ethanol production and use,
    • Residue management (no-till, direct seed),
    • Biogas recovery, digesters,
    • Afforestation on non-stocked forest land,

    Moderate potential for carbon sequestration:

    • Short rotation woody crops,
    • Prescribed grazing on rangeland,
    • Cropland residue burning alternatives or techniques,
    • Land conversion to permanent grass cover (similar to CRP),
    • Rangeland planting,
    • Windbreaks & shelterbelts,
    • Afforestation on marginal pastureland,
    • Conservation/restoration on private land,

    Low potential for carbon sequestration:

    • Cover crops,
    • Pastureland planting,
    • Prescribed grazing on pasture land,
    • Afforestation on pivot corners,
    • Riparian forest buffers on non-forested land
    • Riparian conservation/restoration on state land,
    • Biodiesel production and use,
    • Grassed waterways,
    • Wetland construction and enhancement

     Clean Development Mechanism is the provision of the Kyoto protocol that governs project level carbon credit transactions between developed and developing countries

     Eco-securities is one of the world’s leading companies in the business of Originating, implementing and commercializing carbon credit

     Eco-securities structures and guides greenhouse gas emission reduction projects through the Kyoto Protocol, acting as a principal between the projects and the buyers of carbon credits

     Eco-securities works with Enhanced Bio-fuels and Technologies(I) Pvt Ltd., to create carbon credits from projects that reduce emissions of green house gases

     Algae based bio-diesel production reduces green house gas emissions by consuming 2 tonnes of carbon dioxide for every tonne of bio-mass produced thereby releasing 1.6 tonnes of oxygen into the atmosphere

     Carbon Credits acquired on Jatropha based bio-diesel production is

    IN US Dollars
    BIODIESEL 3.6 2.2 7.92 25 198
    1)Methane gas
    2)Burnt seed cake





    Biomass 6 Mwh
    Plantation 2000 trees@8kg per tree



    Total 32.88 25 822


    – -Biodiesel reduces emissions of carbon monoxide (CO) by approximately 50% and carbon dioxide by 78% on a net lifecycle basis because the carbon in biodiesel emissions is recycled from carbon that was in the atmosphere, rather than the carbon introduced from petroleum that was sequenced in the earth’s crust. However, it does produce more NOx emissions than standard diesel fuel. (Sheehan, 1998)

    – Biodiesel can reduce by as much as 20% the direct (tailpipe) emission of particulates, small particles of solid combustion products, on vehicles with particulate filters, compared with low-sulfur (150° C) is significantly higher than that of petroleum diesel (64°C) or gasoline (- 45° C). The gel point of biodiesel varies depending on the proportion of different types of esters contained. However most biodiesel, including that made from soya bean oil, has some what higher gel and cloud point than petroleum diesel. In practice this often requires the heating of storage tanks, especially in cooler climates.

    – Pure biodiesel (B100) can be used in any petroleum diesel engine, though it is more commonly used in lower concentrations. Some areas have mandated ultra-low sulfur petro-diesel, which reduces the natural viscosity and lubricity of the fuel due to the removal of sulfur and certain other materials. Additives are required to make ULSD properly flow in engines, making biodiesel one popular alternatives. Ranges as low as 2% (B2) have been shown to restore lubricity. Many municipalities have started using 5% biodiesel (B5) in snow-removal equipment and other systems.


    • Cleaner Burning &non toxin

    • Domestically Produced (Energy security)

    • Little to no infrastructure change needed to implement biodiesel.

    • Support regional farmers.

    • Creates new production jobs and a new industry

    • Insurance against oil embargos

    • Reduces dependency on foreign oil

    • Health is currently adversely affected from vehicle emissions. Diesel particulates are well known to be harmful. Anything that can reduce this can only be of social benefit.

    • Communities can become self sufficient with the local production and use of biodiesel strengthening independence and self sustainability.

    • The spectre of peak oil reminds us of the dependence our society has with fossil oil, so any alternatives are welcome.

    • No warns have been fought over
    Medicinal value:
    The latex of Jatropha curcas contains an alkaloid known as jatrophine, which is proven to have anti-cancerous properties.
    It is also used as an external application for skin diseases and rheumatism and for sores on domestic livestock.
    The tender twigs of the plant are used for cleaning teeth, while the juice of the leaf is used as an external application for piles.
    The roots are reported to be used as an antidote for snake-bites
    Insecticide/ pesticide :
    The seeds are considered anthelimintic in Brazil, and the leaves are used for fumigating houses against bed-bugs. Also, the ether extract shows antibiotic activity against Styphylococcus aureus and ,Escherichia coli.
    EBT recognizes the socio-economic value the cultivation of Jatropha curcas has for the highly decentralized rural communities, bridging the rich-poor divide, poverty reduction programmes, and as a pre-requisite for national fuel security and clean world.

    EBT aims to deliver end to end solutions for bio- energy designed to support all segments of the supply chain associated with the production of bio- diesel, bio- ethanol, bio- energy, bio- lubricants, bio- pesticides, bio- fertilizers and other bio-mass resources.

    EBT is able to supply a comprehensive suite of technology applications engineered to compliment the production of multiple feedstocks. Scalable, commercially viable technologies designed to support the production of bio fuels and extract a range of high value products from biomass.

    These include Micro economic zoning for:
    Turnkey DBOT of JCL Bio Diesel processing factory.
    Turnkey DBOT of Micro Algae – Bio Fuel complex.
    Turnkey Bio Mass Cogeneration-Bio Fuel complex.


    EBT’s philosophy has been to take cognisance of the advanced socio-economic policies promoted by the United Nations, G8 and world economic forums dedicated to the promotion of pro poverty reduction, anthropogenic green house gas capture, environmental conservation, and the globalisation of “fair” world trade; from a commercially viable stand point. As such, EBT has emerged as a research and development organisation possessed of collaborative abilities for facilitating highly integrated complimentary commercial responses that add value and synergy to numerous scientific endeavours, national/international government and corporate development policy as well as financial markets. EBT is constantly reviewing opportunities to facilitate the promotion of first class investment into agriculture, technology and research for the production of carbon reduced or neutral energy.


    The EBT executive has assembled a world class Board of Scientific Advisors, along with a group of established technology and process engineering companies that have entered into strategic partnerships for the design, development, operation and underwriting of a range of technologies identified to support the production of biofuels and processing of high value bi-products extracted from the biomass.

    EBT’s directors include senior executives drawn from the scientific, commercial, financial sectors of the Oil and Gas industry, international development policy organisations, government steering committees and world banking organisations.

    The Management Team:

    Ganapathy Arumugam – Managing Director & Group Science Director,
    Ramalakshmi – Director, Founder
    Prof (Dr) Jag Sankar – Professor at North Carolina State A & T University and White House millennium researcher
    Dr.Guerry L. Gurney – Non Executive Director, P.A, Principle of CPS Biofuels, USA

    The Scientific Advisory Board:

    Dr.W.Selwamoorthy Distinguished Scientist, Defence Research and Development Organisation, Team, Govt of India, Chairman EBT DRDO R & D

    Prof (Dr) V.Murugappan Principal Scientist (Crop Management) Former Director, Tamilnadu Agricultural University
    Prof (Dr) C.Surendran Distinguished Scientist (Genetics and Plant Breeding) Former Director, Tamilnadu Agricultural University
    Prof (Dr) M.Jayapragasam Distinguished Scientist (Biotechnology and Biochemistry) Former Professor, Tamilnadu Agricultural University
    Dr D.R.Karthikeyan Formerly Director, CBI and Legal Advisor for EBT
    Prof. (Dr.) A. Gopalan Distinguished Professor of Plant breeding and Genetics, Former Professor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore
    Prof (Dr) M.Muthusamy Distinguished Scientist Engine Performances on Biofuels Former Registrar Bharathiar University Director Factory Advisor, Govt of India.
    Prof (Dr) Dharmalingam Distinguished Scientist (Seed Technology) Former Dean Tamilnadu Agricultural University
    Prof (Dr) A.Regupathy Distinguished Scientist (Plant Protection) Former Dean, Tamilnadu Agricultural University
    Prof (Dr) Balasubramanian Distinguished Scientist (Irrigation & Microclimate Management) Former Professor, Tamilnadu Agricultural University
    Prof (Dr) S.V.Rao Distinguished Scientist (Crop Management & Genetics), Director, Jabalpur Agricultural University
    Dr.Santhos Gutru Distinguished Scientist (Biotechnology) International Crop Research for Semi Arid and Tropics.
    Prof (Dr) M.K.Ayyasamy Distinguished Scientist (Statistics & Econometrics) Former Professor Tamilnadu Agricultural University
    Dr.H.Hameed Khan Distinguished Scientist (Multi crop Management) Former Project Coordinator, Indian Council of Agricultural Research
    Prof (Dr) Karan Singh Distinguished Scientist (Agronomy), Former Professor, Haryana Agricultural University
    Prof (Dr) Joel L. Cuello Distinguished Scientist (Phycology) Associate Professor of The University of Arizona
    Prof (Dr) Ialangovan Distinguished Scientist (Nano Technology) Scientist Mexico University
    Dr.Nandhi.S.Bolan Distinguished Scientist (Phtoremediation) Professor Massey University, New Zealand
    Prof (Dr) L.Kothandapani Distinguished Professor (Process Engineering) Former Professor Tamilnadu Agricultural University
    Dr.Udayakumar Distinguished Scientist (Bioremediation) Professor Gandhigarm Rural University.
    Dr.K.Balraman Distinguished Scientist (Plant Pathology) Former Scientist Indian Institute of Horticulture Research
    Prof (Dr) V.D.Gurusamy Distinguished Scientist (Crop Production) Former PG Dean Tamilnadu Agricultural University
    Prof (Dr) Sivanappan Distinguished Scientist (Irrigation and Water Management) Tamilnadu Agricultural University
    Prof(Dr)V. Krishnamurthy Distinguished Scientist (Phycology) Madras University


    • Arizona State University,
    • Ministry of Defence, Govt of India, Defence Research and Development Organization
    • Wageningen University, Netherlands
    • North Carolina Agriculture and State University, USA
    • University of Illinois, USA
    • Central Research Institute for Dry land Agriculture
    • International Research Institute for Semi-Arid and Tropics
    • Defence Research and Development Organization


    In summary, EBT’s business is the delivery of end to end solutions for bio energy, designed to support all segments of the supply chain associated with the production of biodiesel, bio ethanol, bio energy, bio lubricants, bio pesticides, bio fertilizers and other high value commodities derived from the processing of various biomass resources.

    EBT will extend its current research and development operations to introduce biotechnological feedstock supplies suitable for the production of biofuels, embracing a platform of complimentary technologies associated with the processing and production of high value bi-products. Application of tissue culture and methodologies for implementing multi-tier intercropping programs to existing coconut and palm tree plantations are ongoing projects which we expect to deliver significant value for the company over the next 2 years.

    EBT has invested considerable time and money into researching the cultivation of Rapeseed from Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine as a short term solution for supplying vegetable oil for the production of biodiesel and RED. Recent feasibility studies proved that up to a 30% cost savings could be achieved from the engagement of contract farming arrangements

    EBT commercial contracts for implementation of Biofuels projects :
    • India Ministry of Defence Research and Development Organization: implemented a biofuels testing and certification programme
    • Ministry of Rural Development, Sri Lanka: 5000 hectare energy crop and Algae production for Sri Lankan Government.
    • Petrofer, Turkey: turnkey Biofuel production facility exporting biodiesel to Europe, supplied by rapeseed from Russia, Poland and Ukraine
    • States of Gujarat and Maharashtra, India: request to produce standard agricultural inputs for the cultivation of energy crops and algae biomass on Government land
    • Petron Corporation, Philippines: request to test and recycle waste sludge oil from its facilities at Subic Bay as a energy source for the shipping and power generation
    • HSA group of companies to establish plantation in Africa, Sudan, Yemen initially to cover 150,000 hectare Jatropha and algae
    • Platinum Energy, USA to cover 80,000 hectare Jatropha and Algae in Arizona, Mexico
    • Platinum Energy, Malaysia to cover 60,000 hectare Jatropha and Algae in Indonesia

    EBT Joint venture arrangements, endorsements and licensing agreements:
    • His Excellency, Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, President of India endorsed our research project on 5th April, 2006 at Rastrapathi Bhawan , New Delhi followed by his visit to Coimbatore on 24th Feb , 2007
    • STC signed MOU for the implementation of Biofuel programme globally
    • Technology arrangements with CPS Biofuels USA, for developing prototype technology for Cellulose Biomass processing and Glycerol Etherification
    • Technology arrangements with Air Science Technologies Limited for developing prototype membrane and lipid processing technology for biodiesel production
    • Scientific Board of Advisors including the Dr Joel Cuello (Arizona State University) and Dr Jag Sanker (North Carolina A&T University)
    • Arizona State University (USA) and Philippines Department of Science and Technology.

    For further information please contact

    COIMBATORE 641029
    PHONE +91 422 2645640, 2645630
    FAX +91 422 2645660
    MOBILE +91 94433 67360

  3. PRAVIN C PATEL says:

    Respect sir,

    We have grown jatropha plants in about 125 acres land but there is problem of seed setting so please guide us how to increase the seed yield of jatropha.


    Yours faithfully,


  4. dinesh goyal says:

    we are suppliar of biomass product.we deal in verious power plants.
    we want complete information about biomass plant.please send me more detail about that.


  5. SREERAM K G says:


    We are manufactrers of biomass charcoal briquettes and are looking out for agri wastes as raw matrials for briquettes. Could you pls advice us whether we can use japortha waste as raw materials. If yes, where we can source the same.


  6. christopher ray q. pantin says:


    i am a student of the Visayas State University and i am currently working (appropriately) planning to use jatropha as my raw material for briquetting, my undergraduate thesis.

    most probably results will be in by march of 2009. send me a message if your interested.

    God bless.

  7. JASWANT RAY says:

    Respected sir,
    I am a reseacher . I am doing some work on the topic : harmful effects of jatropha curcas seed oil use as a insecticedes or pesticides on agricultural farmers.Plz. send me some information related to jatropha curcas seed oil as a insecticedes or pesticides .

  8. JASWANT RAY says:

    Respected sir,
    I am a reseacher . I am doing some work on the topic : harmful effects of jatropha curcas seed oil use as a insecticedes or pesticides on agricultural farmers.Plz. send me some information related to jatropha curcas seed oil as a insecticedes or pesticides . Because, this is a bio pesticides and ecofriendly compound.



    Jaswant Ray
    SRI Delhi.

  9. Maria Christina Cajayon says:

    Dear Sir,

    Will the the local government has some allocation with this project. example here in the Philippines..

    Tina Cajayon

  10. sir
    we are producing jatropha oil every month 100 matric tonnes from our present position of 50 tonnes per month.

    we have installed oil expellers cold press only.
    Anybody wants to set up a jatropha based briquette factory in Tamilnadu they are most welcome

    India jatropha projects
    C block
    no 11/13
    10th street
    Annanagar east

    • Francis says:

      Dear Sir,

      We are running a briquette factory at Coimbatore. Pls give us more details of
      your waste availbility and cost per tonne to asess viability.

      Best regards,

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