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Going Nuts for the Environment

Jatropha Seeds

Going Nuts for the Environment


As a nut allergy sufferer I have generally regarded nuts with much distaste, but with new developments in biofuels created from nuts I might have to rethink my position. Across the world researchers are looking for ways to stop global warming and decrease human dependence on fossil fuels. Several countries have recognized the enormous power of Jatropha plant, whose nut is known as the physic nut. According to the Discovery website Thai scientists have harnessed the power of jatropha, a plant whose use has largely been limited to natural fencing in dry climates.  Its nut is composed of over thirty percent oil which makes it an excellent energy source.

Tiny Nuts, Big Power
According to Discovery residue in these tiny jatropha nuts can produce big power.  Pressed nuts from 2,000 acres could fuel a one-megawatt electricity plant which translates to enough power for 400 families. Thai scientists are not the only researchers into jatropha based biofuel; several European countries, South American Countries, the Philippines, Mali, and India have all recognized its potential.  India’s train from Delhi to Mumbai actually runs on 15% biofuel.  A Jatropha farm production increases in the first five years, Indian researchers found that 2 tons of biofuel could be expected per 2.5 from the fifth year of growth onwards. See: http://www.ecoworld.com/home/articles2.cfm?tid=353
 
Jatropha is also able to thrive in arid environments, meaning it can be farmed in areas that will not affect farmers growing traditional crops.  Its survival in arid climates and hardy nature also lends to limited maintenance, pruning, and watering.  The Jatropha plants’ nut is poisonous means its use will not affect the diet of any fellow humans.

Taking Flight
According to the New York Times Virgin Atlantic in conjunction with Boeing and General Electric tested a Boeing 747-400 from London to Amsterdam, with one engine composed of twenty-five percent biofuel.  This engine was filled with a mixed fuel derived from coconut oil and babassu buts, and the rest was standard jet kerosene.  According to the Times Virgin and G.E. considered other biofuels, but chose coconut and babassu buts because they are not staple food supplies and do not cause deforestation.
This flight provided proof that the fuel could withstand the high altitude’s cold temperatures which was a major concern for some researchers. This flight also benefited biofuel producers in general because it now confirms that there is a potentially large demand for it.  Farmers in the past had been wary of producing crops used only for biofuel because it was a relatively small market.As feats such as this continue to be accomplished there is promise that the world will become less dependent on fossil fuels, and begin burning more environmentally friendly products. Hopefully further research surrounding the use and development of nut-based biofuel will spur its use in, mainstream flights, automobiles, and homes.  Although, I still am unable to eat nuts, I am beginning to like them much more.

Image provided by www.diligent-tanzania.com

Diligent Tanzania Ltd is active in renewable energy services related to the production, promotion and usage of vegetable oil, Jatropha oil. Producers of Jatropha oil and biodiesel for transportation fuel purposes, Diligent Tanzania currently promotes the cultivation of Jatropha Curcas and provides farmers with a guaranteed market for their seeds. Their offices are in Tanzania.

 



   

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