Castor oil has been in use since long and still finds increasing applications in various industries. The prominent applications of castor oil include cosmetics, soaps, textiles, medicines and more. It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and moisturizing properties. It can be used orally as well as topically.
Here are some interesting benefits of castor oil:
- Castor oil is best for skin. It speeds up the healing process and leaves the skin soft and delicate.
- It helps diminishing puffiness and tiredness from eyes.
- It is the best remedy for split ends in the hair.
- It can treat joint pain, knee pain and also other pain caused by inflammation.
Oils have played an essential role in many women’s beauty regimes. Castor oil is one among them and the most overlooked. The main benefit of castor oil is the stimulation and promotion of hair growth and has become the main ingredient for luscious eye lashes.
Here are some key beauty benefits of castor oil:
- When applied in scalp, fatty acids in castor oil can penetrate hair follicles and moisturise deep into the scalp, preventing flaking skin.
- The ricinoleic acid and omega 6 present in the oil are great for hair growth and promote circulation. Applying castor oil in eyelashes and eyebrows can make them grow thicker.
- Help repair spots and scars due to anti-inflammatory properties of the oil.
With increasing demand for castor oil and its related products, Jamaican stakeholders are planning to venture into this exciting industry which is expected to grow to over US$ 2 billion in the next seven years.
According to Jamaica Castor Industry Association (JCIA) while the association has only been formally registered since January 2017 it has been working since last year to sensitise stakeholders in the castor industry and recruit members.
Jamaica has also recently started a project “Grow Castor Bean”. The goal of the project is to provide a consistent supply of castor oil to markets locally and internationally.
Scientists from Brazil performed an experiment to optimize and investigate the biodiesel production from castor oil using microwave-assisted hybrid transesterfication process under various conditions such as microwave power, treatment time, ethanol:oil ratio and catalyst concentration (KOH).
Results showed that under optimal conditions the predicted biodiesel production was found to be 95% with a desirability value of 0.998.
Earth Gen-BioFuel has planned to promote the use of castor bean oil in the manufacture of biodiesel. It has planned to sponsor two international castor bean industry symposiums. The first symposium will be in the United States and the second is planned for Southeast Asia.
EarthGen plans to expand its own castor bean farming beyond its Laos operation to develop and diversify its growing locations and harvesting dates. In addition to working with the Singapore based consulting group Gionesis, the company has been working with farm operations in Vietnam, Cambodia, Peru and Mexico.
Recent research shows production of jet fuel from ricinoleic acid methyl ester.
Experiments conducted earlier have shown the possibility of producing jet fuel from castor oil or hydro processing castor oil.
Now scientists from China have found that jet fuel could be produced from castor oil derived ricinoleic acid methyl ester. A unique hydroxyl group in the ricinoleic acid chain induced a special thermal rearrangement reaction in medium chain fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) and heptanal formation. This reaction was used as a starting point for the production of jet fuel.
Results showed that the carbon selectivity in the castor oil to jet fuel process was as high as 90%.
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Scientists from Iran have developed a new method to produce biodiesel from castor oil without using extra petrochemical methanol. The new method uses bio refinery setup where bioethanol is used instead of fossil-based methanol to produce biodiesel.
Results showed that the optimum biodiesel yield was 85% achieved at a temperature of 62.5°C with an ethanol: oil ratio of 0.29:1.
Owing to the rapid growth of biodiesel, lubricants and cosmetics industries, the growth of castor oil and derivatives market is expected to reach $1.81 billion by 2020. A strong shift of volatile crude oil prices towards the substitution of conventional fuels by biofuels has also a positive influence on the growth of castor oil market.
Castor wax industry is expected to reach the highest growth rate of CAGR of 5.8% from 2014 to 2020. Also, the growth of personal care industry, particularly in Asia Pacific and Latin America is expected to increase over the next 6 years.
Solvay Specialty Polymers,France has recently announced a major extension of its Kalix® high-performance polyamide (HPPA) product line, launching a new portfolio of bio-based high-performance polyamides offered for use in smart mobile devices such as smart phones, tablets, laptops, and other smart mobile electronics.
The introduction includes the Kalix® HPPA 3000 series, the first bio-based amorphous polyphthalamides (PPAs), and the Kalix® 2000 series, a family of bio-sourced semi-crystalline polyamide grades that provide outstanding impact performance. Solvay unveiled the new materials at the 19th International Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber Worldwide, which was held on Oct. 16-23, in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Both the 2000 and 3000 series contain monomers that come from the sebacic acid chain which is derived from non-food competing and GMO-free castor oil.
Read more from here: http://www.solvay.com/en/media/press_releases/20131016-Kalix-Bio.html
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