Webinair for Pie in the Sky Jatropha for pains in the stomach - the latest energy fads to fuel the City slickers
Date: 28 August 2008
Time: 14:30 UK time/ 9:30am EST / 15:30 CET
Location: Online, delivered through your browser
Duration: 90 minutes
Cost : £119.00 (139.83 inc. VAT)
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It's either that or plant Jatropha - BBC4 listen now see also here or visit D1 Oils website here and read more about D1 here
The BBC4 program about Jatropha provided the information that 1 hectare = 2.47 acres of Jatropha yields 1,500 litres of biodiesel pa = 319 gallons (European) pa = 12/13,000 miles pa pa at an average 40 mpg. Wikipedia gives figures of 540 to 680 litres per hectare.
1 sq Km = 100 hectares. So if Holland (41,526 sq km) was planted entirely with jatropha it would support 4.1 Mn vehicles. There are some 33 Mn licensed vehicles on the roads of the UK.
Jatropha is a Genus within the Euphorbiaceae and like the Castor oil plant which produces Ricin, also produces many very toxic compounds including lectin, saponin, carcinogenic phorbol, and a trypsin inhibitor. Eating 2-3 seeds untreated seeds(which can be a skinirritant) is said to be fatal.