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Title: Strategic issues in jatropha biofuel enterprise development in Nigeria
Authors: Ogundari, I. O.
Oladipo, O. G.
Famurewa, Akindele J.
Ali, G. A.
Aladesanmi, O. T.
Ogunkanmbi, D. A.
Siyanbola, W. O.
Keywords: Petroleum
Fossil fuels
Issue Date: 18-Jul-2010
Publisher: IEEE
Citation: Ogundari, I. O., Oladipo, O. G., Famurewa, A. J., Ali, G. A., Aladesanmi, O. T., Ogunkanmbi, D. A., & Siyanbola, W. O. (2010, July). Strategic issues in jatropha biofuel enterprise development in Nigeria. In PICMET 2010 TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT FOR GLOBAL ECONOMIC GROWTH (pp. 1-7). IEEE.
Abstract: In Nigeria today, fossil fuels constitute the major source of energy for the economy with consumption costs in excess of N 654 billion for petrol, N 303.2 billion for diesel and N 194 billion for Kerosene. The global debate on Climate Change/CO 2 emissions and domestic concerns on economic, environmental and energy security implications have necessitated alterative energy options and created opportunities for sustainable biofuel enterprise in Nigeria. Jatropha curcas (known as Lapalapa in Yoruba-speaking parts of Nigeria) is an uncultivated non-food wild-species plant with great potential for bioenergy development in the country. The seeds are resistant to a high degree of aridity and contain 27-40% oil that can be processed to produce a high-quality biodiesel fuel, usable in a standard diesel engine. With estimated diesel demands in Nigeria being 3600-4200 thousand metric tonnes by 2020, there is an expansive opportunity for jatropha biofuel enterprise in the country. This study examines the strategic issues (technological, economic, environmental, and socio-cultural) governing its development and proposes policy recommendations for its successful exploitation.
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