Wednesday, September 5, 2007

[PBN] Proposed project: Coconut bio-diesel for Carbon Credits


Mr. Cheyenne Morrison
Coldwell Banker Greater Australia
International Private Islands Specialist

W: (Islands & Resorts)
T: +61-7-4099-3939

F: +61-7-4099-3939
C: +61-439-757-966

Att: Kevin James, CEO, Global Carbon Exchange

Mike Foale, Specialist in Coconut management

Duane Silverstein, Executive Director, Seacology

Asia Pacific Coconut Community (APCC) Secretariat

South Pacific Media Contacts

Environmental Agencies

Re: Coconuts for Carbon Credits via Coconut bio-diesel

Dear Kevin and interested parties, I have been doing research lately
about zero-carbon projects on islands and I have a great idea about
carbon trading that no one to date seems to have picked up on. I believe
this would provide a huge boost to the economies of developing island
nations that are the most seriously affected by global warming, and
rising sea levels.

Coconut bio-diesel is an incredible alternative to fossil fuels, and
unlike the problems that area associated with the production of Ethanol.
Coco bio-diesel can be produced on site from Copra, and a plant to
produce enough to fuel a village and provide lighting, and for their
boats is $3000 USD at present with off the shelf components. Mass
produced kits could be produced for less than $1000 eventually I believe.

"Because more than 80% of all commercial trucks and city buses run on
diesel gas, "the nascent U.S. market for bio-diesel is growing at a
staggering rate—from 25 million gallons per year in 2004 to 78 million
gallons by the beginning of 2005. By the end of 2006 bio-diesel
production was estimated to increase fourfold to more than 1 billion

Energy expert Will Thurmond

July-August 2007 issue of THE FUTURIST magazine.

In the 19th century before the introduction of electricity the copra
industry provided coconut oil for cooking and lighting around the world,
and was a massive industry that provided a livelihood for island peoples
all over the world, but by the 1950's fossil fuels and the American
petrochemical industry virtually destroyed this. The last nail in the
coffin was when in the 1960's the Americans espoused the lie that
coconut oil was bad for your cholesterol, when in fact it has now been
proved to be an amazing health care product with incredible health
giving properties.


I believe that a great carbon trading project would be providing small
scale (and commercial sized) coconut bio-diesel production plants to the
island nations of the tropics.

These are the countries that are most in danger from our carbon
emissions anyway, and this would provide a multitude of positive benefits.

1: It would resurrect the coconut industry, and this would directly and
quickly improve the livelihoods of local people throughout the tropics.
The countries can then rely on trade, not aid.

2: It would result in small scale cottage fuel production that would
mean a reduction in reliance on fossil fuels, and savings would greatly
improve productivity.

3: Instead of giving aid money to South Pacific nations that currently
are crippled, it would provide self reliance and eventually once
production increased they could actually start exporting Coconut
bio-diesel exactly as they did with copra in the 19th century.

4: The very planting of extra coconuts is a great way of carbon trading
as coconut palms are very good at absorbing carbon and depositing it in
the soil. Every single part of a coconut can be used, and the excess
from coco bio-diesel can be used as food for animals. The process also
produces glycerols that can be used for soap and the food industry, and
incredibly the palm leaves and dried coconut husks can also be used in
bio-mass generators. These are in commercial production, and a villages
coconut husks could easily power a 300KVA bio-mass generator which would
power an entire village.

The Global Sustainable Initiative

Recent developments in Fiji have been encouraging for an experimental
initiative being conducted by The Energy and Security Group (ESG). This
is a part of the GSEII's mission to help Small Island Developing States
(SIDS) acquire and expand the use of sustainable energy systems for
production of biofuels, electricity, and thermal energy. The
establishment of a government biofuels program in fall 2005 provides a
new framework and enabling environment for GSEII's mission. Local
entrepreneurs are also seeing the potential economic and environmental
benefits of coconut-biodiesel production and are taking an interest in
expanding their rural agro businesses consistent with Coconut Industry
Development Authority's (CIDA) strategy to decentralize the coconut
industry through small-scale value-adding. ESG notes that Coconut Methyl
Ester (CME), a processed ('esterified') product of coconut oil, with
glycerine removed, is fully compatible with petrodiesel. Moreover, tests
in Japan and the Philippines indicate that a small percentage of CME
added to the petrodiesel used in the Pacific for vehicles may
significantly increase vehicle mileage and reduce particulate emissions.
ESG is working with Fiji's Land Transport Authority (LTA) and experts in
the Philippines to develop, implement, and evaluate the results of road
tests in Fiji with various mixtures of CME and diesel fuel.

The next step furthering the GSEII's biofuel mission in the Pacific
Islands is the successful integration of the GSEII's coconut-based
initiates with the Fiji government's new biofuels program and with the
work of the Coconut Industry Development Authority (CIDA). The ESG team
will develop a plan and budget for testing the efficiency and market
potential of CME as a diesel fuel additive in Fiji. A strategy will be
developed to create a smooth transfer of CME production technologies and
coconut-based rural industry from the Philippines to the Pacific
Islands. In addition, the team plans to assess the opportunities, costs,
and benefits of local production and pilot installations of geotextile
soil stabilization nets ("coconets") designed to decrease soil erosion
problems persisting in the Pacific Islands. The nets, made from coconut
husk fiber, are a product of rural enterprises and have a high value
internationally. Coconut husk and waste may be used for village energy
generation. The GSEII mission thus includes facilitating the transfer of
both energy and non-energy high-value product production and sales in
Fiji and elsewhere in the Pacific.

Source: Nasir Khattak, Climate Institute

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I have a massive amount of research on this, which I can send you, but
to get a quick idea watch this video…


Mike Foale

Specialist in Coconut management and Dryland Soils

Post-retirement Fellow - CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems - QBP

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mobile 0409 34 24 36.(text messages preferred) fax 32 14 23 08

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Mr. Cheyenne Morrison
Coldwell Banker Greater Australia

International Private Islands Specialist
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C: +61-439-757-966

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1 comment:

jose said...

As far as I know, I am the first one to undertake a project to produce electricity from coconut husk in Mexico.
My project contemplates 48,000 tons of coconut husk per year to produce 84 million MWh per year.
I am considering 9.6 MJ/kg, with 16 hours per day, 350 days per year, thus a 15 MW plant.
My expectations are to obtain almost 20,000 tons of carbon credits so I can get 740 thousand US Dlls per year.

Am I correct ?
Are these calculations correct ?

Thanks in advance

Jose Gomez-Roch
5255 5596 3303