Student researchers belonging to a public school in Connecticut tested that Jatropha can produce Light Hydrocarbon fuels.
Hydrocarbons are nothing but the naturally occurring compounds which contain hydrogen and carbon. These hydrocarbons can be in a gaseous, solid, or liquid state. These can also include natural gas, bitumens, and petroleum.
This research was done between the years 2008 to 2009. The student, through the Gas Chromatographic analysis, saw that there was a significantly huge amount of hydrocarbons in the Jatropha biodiesel than any other biodiesel. It contained methane along with ethane and propane. It also includes 15% carbon dioxide per gram. This research, along with the other test and investigations, will promote Jatropha as practical biodiesel. These might also lead Jatropha as a budding stable fuel source.