A study is underway to select local crops for biofuel production, in an effort to expand Jamaica’s sources of energy supply. Manager for renewable energy and energy efficiency at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), Dr. Peter Ruddock, said the company is continuing its research to extract biodiesel from plants, so as to reduce the importation of fuel.

Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ recently, Ruddock said the PCJ has signed partnership agreements with Bodles Agricultural Research Station and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute for the experimental cultivation of select crops for biofuel production.

“We are also procuring an oil press, which will press the seeds out to get the oil which we can test,” he noted, adding that the company is also in dialogue with the Jamaica German Automotive School (JAGAS) and the University of Technology (UTech).

“I figure that within the next year or two we should have some very good data, which will establish the whole value chain of doing this biodiesel research,” Dr. Ruddock said.

Source: http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/11/20/study-seeks-expand-jamaica-energy-supply-local-crops/

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