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Castor (Ricinus communis): Potential of castor for bio-fuel production

Castor (Ricinus communis): Potential of castor for bio-fuel production

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Castor oil has long been used as lubricant in engines but only recently has research on the use of Castor oil as a biofuel started. This documents provides an overview of the current state of knowledge.
Castor oil has long been used as lubricant in engines but only recently has research on the use of Castor oil as a biofuel started. This documents provides an overview of the current state of knowledge.

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Published by: fnielsen on Dec 28, 2011
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Castor (
Ricinus communis
)
Potential of castor for bio-fuel productionPrepared by FACT Foundation
Castor plant
FACT Project no: 146/WW/001Authors: Flemming Nielsen, Banana hill & Jan de Jongh, FACT-ArrakisDate: 31 January 2011, second edition
 
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PREFACE
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Foreword
This FACT sheet is based on various inputs, from published papers, internet resources, but alsofrom own experiences with Castor in the FACT-Gota Verde Project in Honduras. Main targetgroups of this document are parties involved in the development of sustainable biofuels indeveloping coun
tries (NGO’s, small and medium sized e
nterprises, local entrepreneurs, localgovernments, local farmers and farmers groups). Our main aim is to generate, collect andanalyze information and make this knowledge available for the development of projects, that:-
 
bring development to the local population with a bio-fuel component;-
 
increase food security or at least do not threaten food security;-
 
have positive or at least no negative impacts on the environment and biodiversity;-
 
reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and-
 
have a positive energy balance.This document will be presented as a living document on the FACT website and will be updatedwhen new information on castor becomes available.We hope the document is useful in making well balanced decisions in new research andprojects involving castor.For more information or comments please contact us or visit our website:internet: www.fact-foundation.com  email:info@fact-foundation.com 
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Acknowledgements
This publication is made available in English by the FACT Foundation. Quite some inputs were
taken from the Dutch study “Nieuwe grondstoffen voor biobrandstoffen –
alternatieve 1e
generatie energiegewassen”, prepared by Wageningen University, commissioned by
Senternovem (the current AgentschapNL). It was first published in Dutch in August 2009. FACTFoundation thanks Mr. Wolter Elbersen (WUR-ASFG) and Mr. Leo Oyen (WUR-PROTA), as wellas Mr. John Neeft (AgentschapNL) for their approval and cooperation on this publication.FACT Foundation also thanks Peter Moers, coordinator of the Gota Verde project and TitusGalema, technical advisor of the same project for their valuable contribution.

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