Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Jatropha curcas which is commonly known as "tuba-tuba" are now being built to make available the needed Jatropha oil. The production of bio-diesel from Jatropha seeds is fairly similar to the production of bio-diesel from coconut oil, which is now commercially established product added (1 percent) to ordinary diesel fuel at the filling station. Sounds great isn't it?
This Jatropha can be found in many countries such as Philippines, Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, China, Japan, Africa, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Madagascar, Argentina, and Venezuela and among others. In Philippines it is very common in northern and southern parts from low and high elevations and in hot and cold climates.
The tree is not edible and will not compete with food crops, and it is not browsed by animals and it has an economic life of 35 years.