Country

Brazil, United States

Date

05/02/2013

Entity

SG Biofuels, Embrapa, Fiagril

Product

Jatropha

Category

R&D

Summary

Initiatives in Brazil to develop hybrid versions of Jatropha with U.S. company SG Biofuels

 
The energy crop company SG Biofuels (SGB) is engaged in the development of new hybrid versions of Jatropha aiming at improving the crop productivity and profitability, two points that turned out to be disappointing in earlier trials with Jatropha. SGB has signed agreements with two large Brazilian companies, for the development of new-generation jatropha hybrids with view to future production of sustainable biojet and biodiesel fuels in the country. These companies are Brazil’s s state-owned agricultural research institution Embrapa and Fiagril, one of the country’s leading biodiesel refiners.
 
Embrapa Agroenergy reported that the first efforts to deploy the crop in Brazil were plagued by a lack of improved cultivars and insufficient technological expertise. SGB estimates that its elite hybrids can produce sustainable crude jatropha oil today for less than $99 per barrel due to a combination of low input costs and increased yields through breeding and biotechnology.
 
SGB had already deployed three research centres in Brazil, known as JMax Knowledge Centers, one of which is a multi-stakeholder initiative involving Airbus, JETBIO, Air BP, TAM Airlines, Bioventures Brasil and the Inter-American Development Bank.
 

 

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