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Jet fuel grown from seeds

CNN Money -- Call it the jatropha bubble.
When word got out several years ago about the promise of a small subtropical tree called jatropha, it became a biofuel sensation. Advocates claimed the fruit tree was hearty, drought-resistant and could be grown on marginal land. Its oil seeds offered a promising biofuel that wouldn't compete with food crops.

Air Japan, Continental Airlines and Air New Zealand ran test flights of planes using jatropha-based biofuel, prompting more than 100 companies to plunk down millions on jatropha plantations in developing countries. Energy giant BP sunk $160 million into the farms, and one industry group projected that $1 billion would be invested annually in jatropha.

Then everything crashed. Jatropha, it turned out, was much harder to grow than once thought.


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Submitted Nov 27, 2012 By: BurntOrange
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 6:25:26 AM

Europe already grows fuel from seeds (mostly Brassica species) which, in addition to providing oil for fuel, also improves the soil.

Kudzu... not so much.
E-Squirrel
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 12:55:41 AM

Wizrd03 opines:

"Let's hope it's not the next kudzu...."

Kind of makes you wonder why nobody has yet tried to build an ethanol from biomass plant, using kudzu, doesn't it?

Talk about being easy to grow...
Rehorsehay
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:17:34 AM

Too easy to figure this out before investing?
MAC48
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:13:01 AM

It is nice to see an entity going about producing a biofuel plant the correct way using genetic research to optimize the oil production from each tree’s harvest as well as the tree’s ability to flourish when planted in marginal soil and water conditions. One can hope that SGB’s efforts and its vision for the Jatropha tree’s future promise as an economical alternative source for jet fuel can be realized since this would ease the demand for crude oil based jet fuel which would help hold down or perhaps even reduce the cost of jet fuel and other crude oil refined products.
BEGTWO
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 6:45:23 AM

Let's Do It!!!
Wizrd03
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 5:55:11 AM

"Then everything crashed. Jatropha, it turned out, was much harder to grow than once thought"

Typical of the "magic pill" thinking. The article goes on to say how plant geneticists are researching and refining the plant's seeds to grow in select climates.

Let's hope it's not the next kudzu....
sydb7
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 3:34:59 AM

Keep on trying alternatives!
SkooterG
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2012 1:08:22 AM

Fascinating. I hope they can make this work.
alterman156
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:35:27 PM

In interesting way to produce fuel.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:17:50 PM

Beware of hype whether investing or voting!
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:14:35 PM

We need stable, non-intermittent fuel sources that can be transported by the vehicle needing the fuel.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:09:44 PM

could be...
mpg611
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 11:09:02 PM

Will there always be enough seeds to keep this going for a long time?
J4romeo
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 10:45:18 PM

ok...now lets see some more jobs from this find!!
ExitRamp
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 10:15:54 PM

I hope the very best for SGB. (Some of its employees are working for company stock in lieu of wages or for stock and reduced wages.) A struggling 1960's computer company in Minneapolis, Control Data, asked employees to work for stock, then trading for $1 per share, in lieu of wages. Janitors became millionaires when the company reached its heyday.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 10:12:12 PM

ch ch ch chia! ch ch ch chia! ch ch chia fuel just soak the seeds.... you get the idea -lol
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For all those hollywood types who hate fossil fuels, here is an investment opportunity that falls in line with their positions. There's no guarantee of a near-term return (or any at all), but the long term prospects could provide them a huge windfall (if they live long enough to see it).
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 10:09:03 PM

Interesting that Boeing is considering this.
defiancegasman
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 10:08:51 PM

Need to research EVERY POSSIBILiTY!
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 10:07:00 PM

As usual, technology comes to the rescue.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 10:06:48 PM

Another possibility!
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 10:05:18 PM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 10:03:54 PM

Better than ethanol and soy based biofuels.
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Where is my flying car?
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 10:00:02 PM

How about jet fuel made out of corn dogs?
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:58:05 PM

Another story about a fuel source that will never be practical or cost effective. Seems like there are several stories like this a week, seaweed, algae, etc.
vulcan96
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:56:15 PM

just do it....
dadis46
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:53:01 PM

I think growing Hemp is better.
The hemp itself and their by product can do a lot of good
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:51:55 PM

Very interesting
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:50:15 PM

green is green
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:49:37 PM

interesting
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:46:40 PM

Amazing indeed!!!!!!.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:46:31 PM

Interesting..
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:43:23 PM

interesting
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:42:19 PM

interesting
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:41:34 PM

I guess that all the investors didn't pickup on the fact they claimed, not tested and proven.
getalong
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:40:57 PM

Now to buy a jet!
nwsynthetics
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Grow it in desert staes and give it Miracle Grow
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:36:45 PM

Will it ever be cost-effective?
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:34:32 PM

Understand that the Navy is also interested.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:32:43 PM

Wouldn't want to gum up those nifty turbines.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:31:51 PM

grown on marginal land, it could keep production costs down
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:26:28 PM

An interesting idea...
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:25:43 PM

I hope it works out.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:25:17 PM

i doubt it will work
Mr_Bill_W
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:22:00 PM

What are the potential implications for gas and diesel?
SolarReplaceGas
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:19:14 PM

To the poster asking about when this would be patented: see US Patent No. 7,772,002, issued in August 2010, to University of Antioquia and Empresas Publicas de Medellin (both of Columbia).
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:19:06 PM

Interesting article...
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:18:23 PM

Interesting concept.
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:18:04 PM

Stuff we mine from the earth was once plants.
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Oh wow
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