Coconuts for biofuels

Researchers at Baylor University, Texas have been working with academics from Papua New Guinea to make  biofuel from coconut oil. The technology looks to centre around a device which separates coconut milk from the oil as it crushes individual coconuts and is part of Baylor’s Appropriate Technology program. It is being spearheaded in Papua New Guinea by Dr John Pumwa.

This looks to be a good use of a non food crop which can benefit the developing world. The idea came to Pumwa after he had seen coconuts, which are often grown for fibre not milk rotting on the ground because the price of coconut fibre was too low to make harvesting viable. Two products from the same crop are better than one.

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3 Responses to Coconuts for biofuels

  1. Pradeep 9 January, 2009 at 5:51 pm #

    Another classic F4F (food for fuels) case?
    At least in India, coconut-derived products are used as animal feed , cooking oil, etc.

    What might be feasible in Papua New Guinea might not work for the rest of the world.

    A note about the economics: When crude prices start to go up again, expect the commodity market to come back in full swing. Then, the prices for coconuts/coconut oil will bounce back.

  2. John Blackthorne 11 January, 2009 at 2:02 am #

    Thai Green Curry
    Indian Korma curry
    Coconut yogurt
    Ice creams
    Bounty Bar

    Is this not food?

  3. Jorge Oyanedel 11 January, 2009 at 11:21 am #

    To Mr.
    Simon Robinson

    Hello Simon

    I just came across this website and it is nice to see things are moving toward biofuels. However we know that biofuels do not, at least to my knowledge, produce so much power for an engine.

    I have developed and patented (patent pending) a system to make biofuel more consistent and wish to find a partner to develop this product for the industry. Product must be tested for large amounts during development.

    Thank you for this opportunity.


    Jorge Oyanedel
    Phone: 34 607500677

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