The Moringa Oleifera Tree – Biodiesel Project
The Moringa Oleifera tree – better known by many as the “Miracle Tree” due to its tremendous nutritional and medicinal capabilities – is attracting significant attention from the media as a preferred source for biofuel.
The biodiesel made from Moringa is believed to have superior oxidative stability than biodiesel made with almost any other feed stocks, but what really sets this tree apart from other biomass foodstocks is by far the invaluable effects it has on humans.
The Moringa Oleifera tree is already recognised as having great potential in a world facing climate change, rising population and growing desertification. It is a fast-growing, drought-tolerant and extremely nutritious tree with edible seedpods, flowers and leaves. Its bark, roots and gum also have numerous medicinal properties. It is being used worldwide to aid in the fight against malnutrition in developing countries and new research shows that the tree’s seeds could provide a low-cost means of water purification that could drastically reduce water-borne diseases in the developing world.
You need do little more than ‘Google it’ in order to see first-hand how many organisations advocate the use of Moringa for its medicinal and nutritional benefits, as well as its massive potential for benefitting the environment as a biofuel.
Whilst the oil has traditionally also been used as a lubricant for fine machinery and as a vegetable cooking oil, leaders in the biomass field are now turning to Moringa as an alternative food stock for the production of this superior quality biodiesel.
“M. Oleifera oil has a high content of oleic acid (>70%)…as a result, the methyl esters (biodiesel) obtained from this oil exhibit a high cetane number of approximately 67 – one of the highest found for a biodiesel fuel.” Nikolaus Foidl.
Moringa is considered “low maintenance” compared to other foodstocks. Its low demand for soil nutrients and water after being planted make its production and management easy according to experts and researchers such as Mr. Nikolaus Foidl.
The Moringa Tree
- Withstands drought
- Produces seeds in first year
- All parts can be used
- Oilseed foodstock and edible
- Better than sunflower oil
- Medicinal and nutritional benefits
- Market price is comparable to Soybean Oil and Palm Crude Oil
- Solution to global malnutrition