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Moringa as Biodiesel/Biofuel
The jury are out on the use of Moringa as biodiesel when it could be used for humanitarian purposes given its potency.
Here below are preliminary results of Moringa as Biodiesel in Western Australia.
Gascoyne biofuel project could help miners
Western Australia's mining sector could be one of the first to reap the benefits of a biofuels trial in the state's north-west.
The Gascoyne Research Station is halfway through a project to test the Moringa tree, which is native to southern India.
Spokesman Chris Cunningham says the biggest advantage for industry is the tree's ability to produce biodiesel.
"You can squeeze the seed out and we can get varying percentages from 20 to 40 per cent, depending on which way you do the extraction, whether it's heat extraction or chemical extraction," he says.
"Some of the trees we're getting two kilos first pick, so you're looking at four kilos per tree, and you're looking at a density of 1200 trees per hectare.
"That's roughly around 10,000 kilos of seeds."
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In the Philippines, SECURA International said that demand is growing for Moringa oil, extracted from the malunggay plant, as a biodiesel feedstock. The company said it is now cultivating malunggay on 500,000 hectares for US clients such as North American Biodiesel.
I see the use of moringa oil as a biodiessel feedstock to be unprofitable because the price of a littre of moringa oil may be a lot more expensive than a littre of biodiessel. Can somebody tell us how much a littre of moringa oil cost?
I agree with Muriel: first of all, Moringa oil or other its miraculous products shall "be used for humanitarian purposes given its potency". There are other plants which can give biodiesel cheaper then Moringa´s seeds and have not so nutricional and medical properties!
If you plant a large area the cost of production will be very low and it can be be profitable to do so, then the price will drop from $USD 10 to USD 0.5 or 1 per liter.It is a matter of having land and resourses. The bes should be a comunity based plantation so the poor comunities coud profit out of it.
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