How did process technology researchers contribute to Jatropha promotion in Indonesia?

By Suraya Afiff Quote: “In collaboration with process technicians from the Netherlands (Groningen), the researchers extracted jatropha oil and used it in stationary engines. [….] In turn, process technology researchers used these extrapolations to create a narrative that made jatropha

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Which factors changed the perception of the economic viability of Jatropha biodiesel as an alternative fuel?

By Loes van Rooijen Quote: “In less than a decade, jatropha was transformed from a promising and commercially viable biofuel crop into a green-policy parasite, living on subsidies and green investments.”  One of the aspects of biofuel development that was

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How have policymakers used the concept of “marginal land” to legitimize target areas suitable for Jatropha and what effect did this have?

By Loes van Rooijen Quote: “In turn, process technology researchers used these extrapolations to create a narrative that made jatropha appear to be an attractive and environmentally friendly bioenergy crop for agro-ecological zones where the production of oil palm would

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Why did the director of one of the state’s largest sugar companies decide to promote Jatropha?

By Deasy Simandjuntak Quote: “A key figure was the director of a historically prominent state-owned agricultural enterprise that had dominated the production of commercial crops such as sugar….” The discussion on biofuel development, especially jatropha, in Indonesia has mainly focused

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How did the idea of using Jatropha for biofuel emerge in Indonesia?

By Suraya Afiff Quote: “Jatropha development for modern biofuel production in Indonesia started in 1994.”  Publications about jatropha usually start with the hype and subsequently explain the downfall. They skip the history leading to the hype, and do not explain

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