In state-of-the-art pilot trials at CJP- the advanced Biofuel center, scientists are working sedulously on various oil seeds, which have the potential to make a significant contribution to resolving the future energy crisis. One of these seeds comes from a tree called Pongamia pinnata.
Pongamia is a tree, native to India and found in tropical and subtropical areas around the world. Pongamia is a legume tree that bears non-edible seeds containing a high percentage of oils that are composed of fatty acids and triglycerides ideal for biodiesel production. Apart from the advantage of not being a food crop Pongamia can be grown on non productivity lands not destined for food crops, particularly lands with high levels of salt and little water. In addition, through its ability to capture and convert nitrogen from the air, this legume tree enriches soils with low nitrogen levels and eliminates the need for nitrogen fertiliser.With a single tree producing up to 40 kg seeds per year and a yield of about ten tones of oil per hectare per year,