Thursday, March 15, 2007

Biofuel - Jatropha - Kambu?

Given local interest in Jatropha for biomass in Kambu the European Biofuel Summit might be of interest (Madrid, 17th & 18th April).

Partners at this conference include:
- The Jatropha Website which has numerous resources on how to grow, process, market Jatropha oil etc... It also links to conferences for experts and others, e.g. Expert Seminar on Jatropha curcas, agronomy and genetics 26-28 March, National Jatropha Conference, Arusha, Tanzania 3/4 april 2006 .
- ASK - Access to Sustainable Knowledge which provides access to 'knowledge' and 'experts' in a variety of areas including water. This is part of Sustainable Alternatives Network which 'offers easy access to experts, case studies, planning tools, and finance sources all around the world' and connects 'you to free information and expertise, and helps you profit from earth-friendly solutions that are right for your industry'.

4 comments:

kevin said...

Lots of articles lately about jatropha, including this one from the NY Times.

kevin said...

Japanese investors kickstart large-scale Jatropha production - details here

kevin said...

Could Jatropha production/refinement be done on a small scale locally?

kevin said...

P"lants raised for biofuels (like jatropha) are invasive (a.k.a. weeds) and "have an extraordinarily
high potential to escape biofuel plantations, overrun adjacent farms and natural land, and create economic and ecological havoc in the process."

The International Union for Conservation of Nature encapsulated the message like this: "Don’t let invasive biofuel crops attack your country."

See articles here" and here.

Thanks Daryl Hepting!