Biodiesel From Weeds

Posted in Economic Development, Energy at 10:39 am by justakim

While other projects raise corn and sugar beet, Mali villages are gathering the seeds of a common weed to fuel lamp posts, a millet grinder, and a dehusker. While the project is modest, it must be a marked improvement to these people.

This plant is being used at a larger scale in India, and while there have been proposals for private investment and export, Mali seems set on meeting the needs of its rural populations first.

While I have reservations of using an invasive weed, there is no point in not using what you already have. And there are far less efficient means of reaching the same end.

At any rate, using a once-weed seems like a pretty novel example of polyculture!

1. Jatropha in Mali
2. Jatropha curcas
3. When oil grows on trees

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