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SG Biofuels specializes in the development of Jathropa as a low-cost, sustainably produced oil that can be used to produce biodiesel, energy, or bioplastics. SG Biofuels is one of the GoingGreen 2009 top 100 private companies.
SG Biofuels is a sustainable plant oil company specializing in the development
of Jathropa as a low-cost, sustainably produced oil that can be used to produce biodiesel, energy, or bioplastics. We're turning the opportunityies of Jathropa into reality through leading edge genetics, a world-class leadership team, unmatched resources and expertise, and a commitment to sustainability that creates a positive impact on local environments and communities.
Jatropha curcas is a non-edible shrub that is native to Central America. Its seeds contain high amounts of oil that can be used for a variety of bio-based materials including biodiesel and feedstock substitutes for the petrochemical and aviation fuel industries. Because the seeds and oil are non-edible, it does not compete with global food supplies, and it can be effectively grown on abandoned lands that are considered undesirable for other crops.
SG Biofuels’ scientific team, led by Dr. Robert Schmidt, PhD., combines more than 100 years experience in plant molecular genetics and biotechnology, and includes three members of the National Academy of Sciences. The company has assembled the largest and most diverse library of Jatropha genetic material in the world, providing the opportunity to develop the most productive Jatropha strains.
“We are producing oil that has been successfully tested and performs well under a variety of conditions,” said Haney. “And with low production costs and sustainable practices, we’re doing so in a way that is both economically viable and environmentally sensitive.”
Jatropha oil produced by SG Biofuels has been independently evaluated for its biodiesel qualities and verified to be a clean, stable source of fuel for biodiesel that meets or exceeds strict European specifications. The company’s Latin American Jatropha recently out performed palm, soy and Jatropha from India on two differentiating criteria: low temperature performance and long-term storage stability.