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Recruiting for ‘Project Jetropha’

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

United Biofuels of America (UBA) has joined Alternative Fuels Americas, Inc. (AFAI) in Project Jetropha and this has been commented on by CEO Craig Frank;

‘UBA has been recognised by Shell Oil as a top biofuels enterprise. Their network, reputation and experience will contribute greatly to our efforts to lead a dialogue and establish a viable commercial exchange for the use of Jatropha based fuels in the aviation sector. We are extremely pleased UBA has joined us.

‘AFAI recently successfully completed several years of extensive research on Jatropha as a feedstock source for profitability produced, sustainable biofuel including jet fuel. Bloomberg New Energy Finance forecasts that Jatropha based aviation fuels will be the first advanced biofuel to achieve cost parity with conventional jet fuel, and we intend for Project Jetropha and its website to be at the forefront of this industry.’

Jatropha fuel tests
Commercial companies such as Virgin, KLM, Lufthansa and AeroMexico have test flown flights using Jatropha based jet fuels and the results have apparently overtaken traditional fuel because of two reasons:

  1. Jatropha based fuel functions extremely well at cold temperatures.
  2. Jatropha based fuel burns hotter, produces more energy and improves fuel efficiency.

Further project comments
‘We view Project Jetropha as the missing ingredient in an industry ready to expand and meet its potential,’ said UBA Chairman Daniel Yepez. ‘The interest in Jatropha based biofuels runs deep throughout the aviation sector. AFAI is stepping up and not only filling a void, but meeting a tremendous need. We believe it will be a great success and therefore we quickly agreed to join and lend our support.’

Adapted from press release by Claira Lloyd

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