Low Carbon Fuel from Reforestation
Immediate and double effect on carbon emissions
300,000 trees produced
…absorb the carbon
emission equivalent of 3,000
cars, trucks, planes…
liters of crude oil
Low Carbon Fuel from Perpetual Trees
Lowest Carbon Intensity of all energy sources
The transport sector and deforestation are the largest contributors to carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and thus climate change.
Liquid fuels have a much higher Energy Density than batteries, making it far easier to use for storage and transportation. One ton of gasoline stores the same amount of energy as 60 tons of batteries. That’s why it’s hard to imagine electric trucks and planes.
Solar fuel could be the ultimate miraculous solution to store liquid energy, to halt climate change and to make energy available to millions through existing infrastructures. Instead of running on fossil fuels from the ground, they would be powered by fuel made from sunlight.
To produce solar fuel, you need a device that can turn sunlight into fuel (= photosynthesis)..…well it happens that nature has been providing us that tool forever… it is called A TREE.
Of all the non-food-land crops that produce vegetable oil as feedstock for low carbon fuels, we found the Pongamia tree to be best positioned for reforestation purposes in South America. Together with our genetic partners, we have since developed our locally adapted elite varieties of the Pongamia tree.
A 2018 study conducted by MEO Carbon Solutions (ISCC group) showed that Pongamia oil from reforestation in South America represents the lowest CI of currently available feedstocks. This is mainly due to the fact that the oil is produced from perpetual elite trees that sequester considerable amounts of carbon from its tree canopy and extended root system. The natural nitrogen fertilization of the soils through the root nodes and no use of pesticides additionally result in very low CI level of the oil.
The low carbon fuel standard not only takes into account the emissions resulting from fuel consumption but also the emissions resulting from the production, processing, and transportation of the fuels. In the case of biofuels produced from a crop feedstock, the low carbon fuel standard takes into account the effect of indirect land use change (iLUC). According to the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive (EU RED) biomass is not allowed to be claimed as sustainable when it originates from land that has been converted after January 2008. Pongamia feedstock shows a 85% to 187% GHG saving in relation to fossil fuel.
Carbon Intensity (CI) is the emission rate of a given source relative to the energy intensity generated. The standard indicator of CI is the amount of grams of carbon dioxide released per megajoule (energy) generated.
The Calafornia government LCFS lookup table https://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/121409lcfs_lutables.pdf shows a complete overview of the CI values of all possible energy sources that can substitute fossil gasoline and diesel.
Pongamia oil from reforestation in South America has a CI value of -73.2 gCO2/ MJ and 14.1 gCO2/ MJ under the EU RED legislation (where CO2 credits are not applied) which is the lowest CI value of all energy sources including the CI of 124 gCO2/ MJ bening is the average California electricity mix.
The best way to refine Pongamia crude oil into carbon clean fuel is the HVO or « Renewable Diesel » process.
Hydro-treated Vegetable Oils (HVO) is a fast growing refinery method applied by an increasing number of oil companies in the world. It uses elevated temperatures and pressure to break down larger molecules such as those found in vegetable oils, into shorter hydrocarbon chains used in diesel engines. Renewable Diesel is also called Green Diesel, or hydro-treated vegetable oil (HVO).
Renewable diesel is a « drop-in » fuel that can potentially decarbonize the existing half billion diesel engines in the world without any change to existing infrastructures.
Renewable Diesel has the same chemical properties as fossil based diesel. Renewable Diesel is a « drop-in » fuel that does not require any, time consuming and expensive, new engines or infrastructure developments.
Cold flow properties
Petro - Diesel
Biodiesel ( FAME)
-10 to 0
Source: Honeywell’s UOP division
- Pongamia oil from Reforestation in south America has the lowest CI of all energy sources
- HVO or Renewable Diesel is the fastest and cheapest way to decarbonize the transport sector
- Combining reforestation with the production of Pongamia feedstock for low carbon fuels has an immediate and double effect on climate change
Maximize Low Carbon Fuel feedstock production through reforestation of cattle land
Low Carbon Fuel
Low Carbon fuel from reforestation feedstock is the "cleanest" fuel possible
Silvopasture agriculture combines trees and livestock on the same land
Protein as cattle feed
Karanj seed cake (the material that is left after pressing the oil) is protein feed allowing for the use of less land per head of livestock
A hectare of pongamia sequesters more greenhouse gas than the produced Low Carbon Fuel emits which is endlessly sustainable
Working with us
Our mission; feel good, earn better
The Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of our programs range from 9% to 15%
• Planting size business modeling
• Matching of all certification requirements
• Local legal support
Elite Tree Genetics
• Matching of best tree varieties
• Tree production
• Site delivery
Planting & Maintenance
• Land preparation
• Planting & irrigation
• Field maintenance
Harvesting, Crushing & Feedstock
• Harvesting equipment
• Crushing facilities
• Crude oil off-take
• Protein meal off-take
• Carbon credits
Who we are
World’s largest pongamia tree reforestation programs
We pre-select cattle land for certified reforestation land leases for individual investors, family offices and specialized funds to which we match long term production contracts with world-wide oil refineries and protein off-take agreements.
Our elite tree propagation and research center already represents world’s largest dedicated elite pongamia tree production site. We have built an elite tree propagation capacity of 300,000 trees reaching over one million trees a year from 2018 onwards. The site of 1,000 hectares has over 1 km on the Rio Paraguay, one of south America’s most navigated rivers directly bordering Brazil. The site has its own harbor, landing strip and can also be easily visited by road via Brazil.
Our Holding Company is based in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The port of Rotterdam is Europe’s largest producer of Renewable Diesel and the major biofuel hub for the European market. Crude oil from crushing from our site at the Rio Paraguay can reach all major harbors in the world by only using low cost, low carbon vessel transport.
We provide the world wide fast growing Low Carbon Fuel industry an alternative, non-food, feedstock to palm and UCO. Our feedstock is cost effective, high yielding and carbon negative produced by reforesting cattle land.
Investors in feedstock production have a rare opportunity to responsibly invest in a fast growing, fully sustainable agriculture practices of the future with income from Renewable Diesel feedstock, protein, cattle and possibly carbon credits.