The Advanced Biofuel Center (ABC) recently announced progress on its work with its mission 'more Biodiesel oil per hectare' by developing two or more dedicated Biodiesel Crops in same acreage and that without extra inputs. According to the ABC, it has developed a highly productive procedure and system of plantation of a couple of oil crops in same land area and a set of best practices that will enable high oil yields.
The years of continuous research, experiments and trials have given ABC a big breakthrough in finding a Failsafe, Solid and a viable alternative feedstock for biodiesel in combination with Jatropha , Pongamia, Jojoba, Moringa, simarouba, Mahua and many more
No single feedstock is likely to solve the supply issues facing the biodiesel industry. We need sustainable, cost-effective and carbon savings feedstocks like Jatropha, Pongamia, castor, Simarouba, neem, Madhuca etc.
ABC CEO DP Maharshi said the organization’s research team with an effort to ‘grow beyond oil ', apart from Jatropha, have identified, developed and cultivated as many as 18 non-food oil crops (Dedicated Energy Crops). With years of continuing research, experiments and trials has provided an adage to find and develop 2nd generation biodiesel feedstock with low cost input technology in a bid to develop Our dedicated Biodiesel Crops such as:
- Calophyllum inophyllum L., (Perennial)
- Camelina ( Annual)
- Castor bean (Ricinus communis)
- Pongamia pinnata (Perennial)
- Jojoba (Perennial)
- Citrullus colocynthis (Annual)
- Moringa oleifera (Perennial)
- Flax (Annual)
- Mahua (Madhuca indica) (Perennial)
- Kenaf (Annual)
- Simarouba glauca (Perennial)
- Indian mustard (Annual)
- Garcinia indica (Perennial)
- Moringa annual
- JATROPHA CURCAS (Perennial)
- Safflower (Annual)
'We have been in search of such an inter-crop for designated biodiesel crop which should be oil bearing like itself without competing with it for food and water and should be capable of fulfilling other crop fertilizer requirement and still maintaining soil fertility i. e. is a right oil crop that is planted in the right way with dedicated energy crop and with due care to what’s possible in terms of sustainable farming techniques' He said
'We have been experimenting different interplating options, patterns and agro- technologies focusing our analysis on the a number of primary non-food sources of biofuels — Jatropha, Jojoba, Castor, Pongamia, Moringa, Simarouba and many more — and details the amount of each type of feedstock that could be sustainably produced and utilized across the globe without compromising the fertility of agricultural soils, displacing land needed to grow our food, or threatening the health of our farms and forests.' He further added
Scientist at ABC are experimenting two types of alternative cropping systems and associated management practices that might be used to generate large amounts of biofuel feedstocks while better protecting environmental quality and ensuring food security. A mix of perennial trees and annual crops could offer the best chance to produce a sustainable biofuel, according to the finding of scientists working at ABC.
The years of continuous research, experiments and trials have given ABC a big breakthrough in finding a Failsafe, Solid and a viable alternative feedstock for biodiesel in combination with more than one crop technology that will be a make-or-break factor for the success of future second-gen biofuel. If they have a strong story and the right technology including a clear proof of concept, roadmap to profitability, strong strategic partners and adequate and inexpensive access to feedstock, there is definitely appetite out there and by adopting Couple Oil Crop Technology they can equip themselves to eliminate 'some week elements in their business model just to ensure the Future path to profitability.
Regarding Couple oil crop Technology, Mr. Maharshi said, 'Having regards to the debate Fuel vs. Fuel and indirect land use change, we released first ever COCT Technology with regards to Jatropha in 2009. After that the years of research has resulted in commercialization of COCT. Conceptualizing our objective more oil per acre we have successfully field tried the technology; We are also seeing very good field trial data for our new technology and now we hope to cultivate +1450 gallon oil per hectare adopting our concept of couple oil crops'
Regarding the CJP’s future work with pongamia, Maharshi said that efforts will focus on further understanding the unique properties of the plant that can be manipulated to coax it to reach its fullest potential. This work will address horticultural practices, agronomics and sustainability.
According to Maharshi, CJP researchers have overcome several challenges that will help enable commercial cultivation as every dedicated energy crop has its agronomy requirement and Biophysical limits with regards to Growing cycle and growing period, Radiation, Temperature, Rooting, Water quantity/quality, Nutrients (NPK), Salinity, Sodicity, PH, micronutrients, Pests, diseases and weeds etc. “The first challenge was to get the required yield, to get the plants to grow and understand its productivity over a number of years, and another problem was its maturity, as different crops mature at different time so best couple to be adopted, ” noting that the ABC’s COCT has overcome these problems .
Maharshi also notes that the CJP is not working to develop a high-etch agrarian concept for Biodiesel Crop cultivation that warrants maximum inputs and delivers bumper crops. Rather, he said the CJP is looking to develop a model for cultivation that is compatible with the practices of substance farmer .
The CJP experts working on the Moringa plantation have developed the best method of cultivating Moringa with Camelina and Castor bean crops with lowest possible investment of money, labor and materials and yield of 1450 gallon biodiesel per ha,” Maharshi said.
DP Maharshi, CEO, Advanced Biofuel Center
The Advanced Biofuel Center (ABC) is a bioenergy crops research and development company that is meeting global demand for sustainable plant oil by working towards scientific commercialization of dedicated biodiesel crops that will lend credibility; reliability and scalability. With a fully integrated platform featuring a world-class leadership and science team, the most advanced multifeedstocks research into all aspects of nonfood energy farming crops improvement program in the industry and addressing the complete value chain, ABC is bringing the opportunities of nonfood oil to reality. A Research & Development programme on Nonfood oil crops/ oilseeds has been going on to address various researchable issues. The years of continuous research, experiments and trials have given ABC a big breakthrough in finding a Failsafe, Solid and a viable alternative feedstock for biodiesel in combination with Non-food biodiesel crops