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Jatropha curcus is a drought-resistant perennial, growing well in marginal/poor soil. It is easy to establish, grows relatively quickly and lives, producing seeds for 50 years. Jatropha the wonder plant produces seeds with an oil content of 37%. The oil can be combusted as fuel without being refined. It burns with clear smoke-free flame, tested successfully as fuel for simple diesel engine. The by-products are press cake a good organic fertilizer, oil contains also insecticide.
Bio Diesel is the most valuable form of renewable energy that can be used directly in any existing, unmodified diesel engine. Bio Diesel fuel and can be produced from oilseed plants such as rape seeds, sunflower, canola and or JATROPHA CURCAS. Goldman Sachs recently cited Jatropha curcas as one of the best candidates for future biodiesel production. In India, "Sadhnaestates" is a leading firm, growing Jatropha on about 5,000 acres (20 km²) of land near Chennai, Tamil Nadu.