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Kilimanjaro Bio Fuels has been established in 2006 to research and develop the opportunity to promote Bio Jet Fuel from Jatropha Curcas Linn as a sustainable resource. The activities include the promotion of Jatropha Curcas Linn Centre's of Excellence and community development/extension of the plant species throughout multiple sub tropical regions (including Kilimanjaro region Tanzania) as a non-competitive fully integrated tree species that will provide plant biomass & oil for process activities.
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Research has been carried out multiple countries of Sub Sahara Africa, also India and throughout the countries of SE Asia.
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Aviation should aim to use 80% biofuels by 2050, report claims 22-07-09


Valero Energy Drops $3.5 Billion On Biodiesel From Jatropha

Valero Energy, the largest American refiner, is placing more bets on renewable fuel, agreeing to a five-year deal with the Australian biofuel refiner Mission NewEnergyto obtain biodiesel made from jatropha.

From The New York Times Green Inc. blog: Mission will supply Valero with up to 60 million gallons of biodiesel per year, starting next year. Under the terms of the agreement, Valero can double that amount and extend the contract by an additional five years.

Posted on December 13, 2009 at 2:08am

Millions of CDM credits could be generated after the approval of a biodiesel/biofuel/bioenergy methodology.

This is about the most progressive CDM move for the past several years and for such a simple ideology it has taken many hours of debate, cajoling, table bashing and even flared tempers to get approval. The methodology implies land assessment partnerships with the CDM consultants within national offices, National and Regional land offices (Departments responsible for primary land assessment and recommendations for land us), local community partnerships and above all a clear value chain for… Continue

Posted on October 22, 2009 at 2:54pm

BTL-Bio Jet Fuel + CHP+++, Special Economic Developement Zone Development in the Sub Tropical Regions

BTL-Bio Jet Fuel + CHP+++, Special Economic Developement Zone Development in the Sub Tropical Regions.

Johann Gutenburg's contribution to the world is frequently touted as his invention of the printing press. The truth is that Gutemburg did not invent a single element of the press, he invented nothing. His brilliance, product design from a synergy of inventions.

Earlier this year, before the ink could dry on a low media profile set of papers, certification of a Bio Jet… Continue

Posted on September 22, 2009 at 5:22pm

Bio Jet Fuel Agreement Announced

Groundbreaking Bio Jet Fuel Agreement Announced

Mon, 21 Sep 2009 # 19:30:12 -0700 PDT # Mass Media News # No Comment

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- BioJet Corporation (formerly JatrophaBioJet) ( ) and E85 LLC jointly announced today that they have executed a Bio-SPK forward contract for the sale by BioJet and the purchase by E85 of 4 million barrels of aviation bio jet fuel. "Bio-SPK" is now the proper aviation industry term for bio jet fuel and the… Continue

Posted on September 22, 2009 at 1:41pm

Biofuels and ecoagriculture: can bioenergy production enhance landscape-scale ecosystem conservation and rural livelihoods?

Global development of the biofuel sector is proceeding rapidly, driven by national policy mandates, government subsidies, and profit opportunities for farmers, agribusiness and energy companies. To date, most investment in - and dialogue on - biofuels has focused on large-scale production of liquid transport fuels. A smaller set of efforts has explored the potential of biofuels to promote rural development by reducing energy poverty among the world's two billion poorest people. Here, we… Continue

Posted on September 12, 2009 at 3:14am

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At 7:29pm on November 29, 2009, Otto Formo said…
Hi, Clive, sorry for not giving you any feedback uptil now.
Biodiesel is a "hot potatoe" in Norway these days and there was nearly a political "crises" in the Parlament last week because of adding tax on biofuel from our Government.
I very much agree that something has to be done with the fuel"crises" in Africa, but we like to start with household energy in a small scale and do some pilot projects to find the "right" way forward.
How far have you come so far?
GreenRescourses Ltd is also doing some projects on biofuel and biomass in TZ.
Have you been discuessing your project with them?
We, Miombo, could be very much interested to be involved, espescialy on the biomass energy program based on householdenergy.
Otto Formo
At 6:47pm on September 4, 2009, CLIVE RICHARDSON said…
Biomass Conversions to Liquid Fuels via BTL Processes. Looking very promising.
At 5:05pm on September 4, 2009, Sipha Ndawonde said…
Hi Clive, this sounds interesting. Allow me a couple of days to assess the model in more detail.

At 8:03am on August 31, 2009, Philip Ashby said…
Well Chala is beautiful and has been crying out for some investment for a very long time. It could become a great weekend getaway from Nrb and Aru and we have nowhere good to go fishing or boating nearby.

We are on the Arusha Park boundary and so above the coffee although there was some around, but it has almost all gone from up here now. Ripped out when the prices where too low a couple of years ago.
At 10:05pm on August 30, 2009, Torsten Mandal said…
Calliandra may not be the best tree legume for the semi arid areas but for much of the sub-humid tropics and humid tropic. The whole value chain is important, but often the whole thing is not in place at the same time, or no step is taken to start with. It is important people can try a new crop at a small scale with out risking loosing much land, money, or seeds. Direct seeding gives longer lasting and more drought tolerant Jatropha than cuttings. Good agro-industry in Africa often combines intensive and extensively grown areas, and seek lowest possible costs with moderate or high out-put. Price fluctuatioons should not be fatal. Low-cost, pro-poor technologies can be knowledge intensive and require good research to be efficient. See e.g. my articles on how low cost and high output can be combined for young tree legumes at least. If many peasants do not benefit without being highly dependent or risking much, then many will be against taking land out of food production for fuel.
PS I do not understand why you often write about sub tropics, when you mention tropical countries (sub humid and semiarid areas).
At 6:26pm on August 30, 2009, Torsten Mandal said…
Do you think you could be interested in applied research collaboration with me on the issues I mentioned. From what I have read about Jatropha seeds and direct seeding I think I can improve their germination sufficiently to make direct seeding work well.
I also have suggestions for a very cheap new type of oil extractor for farmers trying and starting at a scale too small yet for a conventional one. A Kenyan sunflower oil specialist was very interested in my idea, which have not been tried.
At 4:48pm on August 30, 2009, Torsten Mandal said…
Need for new approaches to Jatropha cultivation Thank you for your good comment on my wall. I agree one should use experience from e.g. tea and coffee organizations, but not in copying their present approach. I recently advised a consultant to a Tanzanian tea production centre, and I think all agreed that agronomic innovations and a farming system approach should be used more. Collaboration with centres of Excellency is important too, and I was a research associate of ICRAF for two years and learned much. However, they and others, have done very little else directly on new practical solutions to reducing tree establishment costs in the tropics or improving management options for hedges. These issues are essential for the poor to benefit, and for erosion to be reduced rather than increased. Cultivation, particularly of tall plants like cassava and probably Jatropha on degraded land, increases erosion if the soil surface is not covered near it, at least in many contour belt. The energy per square metre of the bigger rain drops joint on the leaves increases. However, adding value permanently covered contour strips is important. Integration with long duration legumes appears promising if they are easy to establish and handle.
At 10:40am on August 26, 2009, Philip Ashby said…
There always are houses for sale as the area is booming. We need to sell our cottage so that we can build a bigger house as we have outgrown it. We had a little surprise love child a couple of years ago! So we now have three kids. We live up near the Arusha National Park boundary. How big a house would you need?

Please do stay in touch as I find your KBC-JCL alternative energy projects interesting. You talk of Lake Chala, the last time I was there it had been turned into an illegal brewing zone and not a very safe place.

Stay in touch as I am a farmer as well as a safari guide and I am sure we can co-operate on some of your stuff.

I know the Foxes a little and will connect with him.
At 11:31pm on August 12, 2009, karlijn arkesteijn said…
Thanks once more. I agree that the jatropha projects I know have not reached the commercial size that is necessary to create a (local) jatropha oil based energy sector. It would be interesting to know what the critical factor is: financing?, availability of degraded land?, growing/ harvest characteristics of jatropha, processing, etc. I still think that very valid information can be collected from research institutes and practical (pilot) projects. This are the partners to give body to the "centres of excellence". I am happy you already know Diligent and please feel free to contact them and refer to me - I informed them about our contact.
At 10:37pm on August 10, 2009, karlijn arkesteijn said…
Hi Clive,

Thanks for your detailed elaboration on your project. Currently, I am not working in East Africa anymore ( i should indeed update my profile) but am happy to link you with Mr Koen Peters from Diligent: Diligent is the only company I know that has practical experience with growing, pressing, blending and using jatropha (seeds, plants, oil). They have their operations in Arusha and would be a fantastic partner to avoid inventing the wheel again.

Wish you good luck with all plans!

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