SG Biofuels Inc., a San Diego-based energy crop company, has expanded its global network of Jatropha hybrid trial and agronomic research sites to 15 with the addition of eight new centers in Guatemala, Brazil and India.
SGB has been working to build its network and eventually make oil from the jatropha plant competitive as an alternative fuel. The new sites, known as JMax Knowledge Centers, significantly expand the company's multiphased platform for deploying productive, profitable jatropha projects that overcome the economic and agronomic challenges of previous efforts with the non-food oilseed energy crop.
In anticipation of strong seed demand, the company also continues to expand its production facility located in Guatemala.
"The performance of our hybrids in multiple geographies not only validates the strength of our genetics, but our ability to deploy profitable energy crop projects around the world," said Kirk Haney, president and CEO.
The additional trials include four locations in India, three in Brazil and one in Guatemala, and are in addition to the company's existing trials and research centers in each country and at its corporate headquarters in San Diego.