Bedford currently has leases on 160,000 hectares of land in Kenya for growing Jatropha, a nut that produces high quantities of very clean oil which has been approved for use in jet fuels.
As well, Bedford Biofuels has a humanitarian component (EMPOWER) which supports the ranchers and families in the Tana Delta. this effort has earned them membership status in the Clinton Global Initiative.
As reported by TheScientist.com:
- Fossil fuels are currently providing 80% of the energy consumed by humans.
- Conversion of biomass is the most cost effective way of producing renewable fuels and currently accounts for 78% of worldwide renewable energy.
- Biofuels are expected to rise to meet 30% of US liquid fuel demand (for transportation) within 25 years, up from the current 7 percent.
Given all these points, it will be interesting to watch Bedford’s progress as they move from land preparations and their first harvest into full-blown production of Jatropha.