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Moringa oleifera: A Viable Biodiesel Feedstock?

The moringa biodiesel meets all the three criteria any environmentally sustainable fuel must meet. These are social, technical and commercial

The seeds from the Moringa tree contain in excess of 35% oil. The main use of the oil will be as bio fuel and for the production of biodiesel. This oil can also be used for cooking and soap production. Once the oil has been extracted, the seeds can be used as a coagulant for water treatment. The Moringa tree produces green pods; which are edible and the leaves and flowers can be used as a relish. The trees will act as sinks for carbon dioxide and, hence, the moringa plantation will reduce the amount of this greenhouse gas (GHG) in the atmosphere. The project has many other positive economic, social and environmental impacts: There are income generation opportunities that result from the project like the provision of goods and services to the plantation and its workers

THE POTENTIAL RETURNS

As the biodiesel industry grows, honing a cost-effective and diverse feedstock supply stands out as a top challenge. There is a need to diversify the sources and methods used to generate biofuel products to achieve food security, energy security and sustainable development and carbon savings. Biodiesel producers are looking for alternative feedstocks which are non- agricultural and non-food crops. And Moringa oleifera has the ability to substitute the requirement of low cost feedstock with the potential for high oil seed production and the added benefit of an ability to grow on marginal land. These properties support the suitability of this plant for large scale vegetable oil production needed for a sustainable biodiesel industry.
Yield is a function of light, water, nutrients and the age of the Plant. Good planning, quality planting material, standardized agronomy practices and good crop management may handsomely increase the yields.

Moringa will yield at Maturity as high as +3 tons oil with proper nutrition, and irrigation.  This is truly an exceptional amount of oil from an agricultural cropBy using Moringa tree for biodiesel production and then utilizing the waste for further oil extraction. Using current proven sate of art agronomy, enhanced cultivator and technologies developed by CJP, the biodiesel from Moringa would be economically viable. 

The Moringa Biodiesel can be produced less than US$ 40 per barrel without taking into account by-products revenue. If we credit the revenue from by-products like press cake, glycerin, leaves etc.  Biodiesel can be produced @ no cost , see detailed 


Yield Estimates: Moringa oleifera
Moringa: Yields

Yield Estimates: Moringa oleifera
Approximate Yield/hectare
Optimal yield 1st year
Seed yield 9 tons
Oil (36% of Yield) ton 3.2 ton
Biodiesel ton 3.2 ton

Production of seeds/ha tons 8 9 9 9 9 9
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6
Land under cultivation 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000
MO Seeds (in tons) 80,000 90,000 90,000 90,000 90,000 90,000
Crude OIL 28800 32400 32400 32400 32400 32400
BIODIESEL 28800 32400 32400 32400 32400 32400
Press Cake 48800 54900 54900 54900 54900 54900
Glycerol 2880 3240 3240 3240 3240 3240
CAPITAL
Plantation 5,400,000
crushing 3,000,000
BIODIESEL 9,000,000
TOTAL 17,400,000
SALES
Biodiesel 21,600,000 24,300,000 $24,300,000 $24,300,000 $24,300,000 $24,300,000
Glycerol 2,160,000 2,430,000 $2,430,000 $2,430,000 $2,430,000 $2,430,000
Intercrop 600,000 600,000 $600,000 $600,000 $600,000 $600,000
Press cake 2,440,000 2,745,000 $2,745,000 $2,745,000 $2,745,000 $2,745,000
TOTAL 26,800,000 30,075,000 30,075,000 30,075,000 30,075,000 30,075,000
COGS
Crop care & harvesting $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 $100,000
Oil extraction $1,036,800 $1,166,400 $1,166,400 $1,166,400 $1,166,400 $1,166,400
BIODIESEL $4,032,000 $4,536,000 $4,536,000 $4,536,000 $4,536,000 $4,536,000
TOTAL $5,168,800 $5,802,400 $5,802,400 $5,802,400 $5,802,400 $5,802,400
PBT $4,231,200 $24,272,600 $24,272,600 $24,272,600 $24,272,600 $24,272,600
TAX $1,269,360 $7,281,780 $7,281,780 $7,281,780 $7,281,780 $7,281,780
NET $2,961,840 $16,990,820 $16,990,820 $16,990,820 $16,990,820 $16,990,820
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