Jatropha: Stove fueled by 'tuba-tuba' launched in Leyte

Stove fueled by 'tuba-tuba' launched in Leyte INQ7.net
By Vicente Labro, Inquirer
Published on page A1 of the Apr. 21, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


BAYBAY, Leyte -- An environment-friendly cooking stove that uses coconut oil and other plant oils like those from the "tuba-tuba" or Jatropha is now being sold in Leyte.

The stove, called Protos, resembles a kerosene pressure stove and can also use kerosene. But its manufacturer, Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances Group (BSH), is pushing for the use of plant oils, which are cheap and environmentally friendly.

"The plant oil stove is easy to operate and offers a very safe cooking environment because plant oil can neither burn nor explode," said Dr. Elmar Stumpf, BSH plant oil stove project manager.

Sisinio Balaga, 56, a resident of Baybay town and a user of the plant oil stove for over a year now, said the new stove was not only user-friendly but efficient and affordable.

The stove cooks food faster than traditional stoves. "It takes only about 20 minutes to cook rice with the oil plant stove, while with a kerosene stove this usually takes about 30 minutes," Balaga said.

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can i used bio diesel in protos stove? and if used then give me answer from where can i purched protos stove? what is the cost of protos stove?

Biodiesel is meant to be used in standard diesel engines and is thus distinct from the vegetable and waste oils used to fuel converted diesel engines. Biodiesel can be used alone, or blended with petrodiesel. Biodiesel can also be used as a low carbon alternative to heating oil.

The important point regarding biodiesel is that it is an example of biofuel which is used all over the world. Actually biodiesel is produced from vegetable oils or animal fats using esterification reaction & Trans esterification reactions. Another fact is that biodiesel is included in the category of first generation biofuels. Do you know the meaning of first generation biofuels? Remember that first generation biofuels are biofuels made from vegetable oil & sugar. Also note that biodiesel is included in the category of oxygenated fuels. Actually biodiesel is the fatty ester of the corresponding oil. The first biodiesel plant of India was started in Kakkinada.