NSTDA introduces Jatropha oil as new form of biodiesel

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BANGKOK, 31 July 2012 – The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) is introducing Jatropha curcas as a new source of biodiesel. The scientific breakthrough is expected to reduce Thailand’s dependence on crude oil imports. 

Permanent Secretary for Science and Technology Pornchai Rujiprapa recently signed a memorandum of understanding to support the production of Jatropha curca-based biodiesel. The use of Jatropha oil in diesel engines has been performed strictly on a trial basis.

If the project proves successful, Jatropha oil will help significantly reduce the country’s reliance on foreign oil supplies. The alternative fuel will also be far more cost-effective and energy-efficient than traditional fuels.

Other popular biodiesel crops include sugar cane, cassava and coconut.