"tests have shown, he says, that the liquid can be placed directly in the fuel tank of a diesel-powered car"
Anyone know how to get hold of seeds or saplings?
Nunyara Wholesale Forestry Nursery owner Mike Jubow recently received his highly-anticipated diesel tree seeds from Brazil.
Mr Jubow had spent three years trying to buy the seeds, which grow into trees that can be tapped for fuel.
The 20kg shipment of seeds was finally released from Australian quarantine in early December.
Mr Jubow first heard about the diesel trees at a forestry convention several years ago and the idea of growing bio-fuel from an unlimited source sparked his interest.
After three years of persistence, he found a farmer in Brazil whose family had been growing the trees for 100 years who was willing to sell them.
Here is a page from Brazil (in Portugese?) listing "produtos" (products?) in the category of "sementes nativas" (native seeds?) that include "Oleo-de-copaíba: Copaifera langsdorffii Desf." That's our boy.
At that link there is a phone number and a Google map and a postal address and a web contact form. What looks like the main page of the site says this when I run it through Google translate:
Company specializing in production and sales of seeds native and exotic , forest plug , fastest way to produce seedlings, and the innovative acorn live creative and fun way to restore nature.
The Florestando stresses the value of the environment, working for the preservation and conservation of biodiversity. We are dedicated to collecting native seeds for seedlings that meets the permanent preservation areas and legal reserves. We work with low-impact techniques, redemption of shares of . flora and multiplication of new forests with high diversity and genetic variability.
Allowing for a language barrier, these Floristando folks sound like our kind of people. I think that with some language help and an international method of payment, this might be a seed source.
I say again, good luck!
Please note the underlined areas. Let's assume you've got seeds in hand ready to plant. Just how long is it going to take to get a tree with a trunk a meter in diameter? Assuming you can get by with 20 liters of fuel per week, that means you'll need at least 25 of these 1 meter wide trees to provide you with a minimal supply other the course of a year. Maybe an acre of sunflowers would be more productive.
Another article about that Aussie guy is claiming these trees will produce for 70 years, and provide 4800L per acre...
And a study from queensland.
So while doing sunflower seed farms for now to keep the oil going, it will be less energy intensive to have trees later on as it takes nothing to tap the tree and filter it, vs using tractors to plant and harvest, then using 4 different machines to hull, crush, filter and finally convert into diesel. While these are small scale, it is added costs that have to be paid back in the money saved by making your own. Whereas, investing now and waiting you just have to push a cart to tap your future oil reserves.
Other places like malaysia and Thailand have been developing these trees for the backwater areas.