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Tweet In Nigeria, China New Energy has signed an MOU with Sunbird energy to immediately begin designing a 100,000 ton per year cassava-based ethanol plant, with plans to develop others together in the future. The $24 million plant will produce 110 million liters of ethanol annually. As many as nine other plants could be developed […]
Tweet In Indonesia, Medco Energi said PT Medco Ethanol Lampung closed down definitively on Oct. 16 because the facility couldn’t source enough molasses or cassava for feedstock. The company is now looking for a strategic partner to help develop its downstream ethanol business but until then the facility will be mothballed and potentially available for […]
Tweet In Thailand, both the energy and commerce industries are promoting cassava-based ethanol production as a means to keep the price floor from falling out under the crop. Part of the energy minister’s role is to manage cassava prices, while the prime minister asked him to develop a bioplastics policy that would include the development […]
Tweet In Thailand, as the baht falls, the government has adjusted biodiesel prices higher for the fifth time in a month, this time to 90 cents per liter. Higher methanol prices are having a negative impact on biodiesel margins as well. On the other hand, the price has fallen to 83 cents per liter thanks […]
Momentum: 12 Biobased ventures raise $435M in Q2 2013; 32 projects being built off the balance sheet
Tweet Despite negative press from Bloomberg, biobased investing is surging, both direct and via strategics. The Digest has the data and the scoop. After we profiled, last April, 17 biobased ventures who raised $434 million in new capital in Q4 2012 and Q1 2013, a report ran this week in Bloomberg, headlined “Biofuel Investments at […]
Tweet In Vietnam, high production costs, poor export prices and fluctuating cassava prices have meant that PetroVientam’s ethanol plants in Binh Phuoc, Quang Ngai and Phu Tho have only been producing intermittently. Their 300 million liters of combined production are meant to supply the domestic E5 blend but that won’t come online until 2014.
Tweet In Rome, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has published a field guide detailing its environmentally-friendly farming model called Save and Grow. The program can sustainably increase cassava yields by up to 400 percent for smallholder farmers. It achieves higher yields through improved soil health, mixed cropping and crop rotation, and has […]
Tweet In Italy, cassava experts are reporting a triple threat against cassava, including Cassava Brown Streak Disease virus, Cassava Mosaic Disease and a possible whitefly “superbug”. CBSD alone could cause a could cause a 50% drop in cassava production. This is worrisome because agriculture experts have been looking to the otherwise resilient cassava plant—which is […]
Tweet Peril and Promise from Haiti to Hawaii: a two-part series Geology denies them fossil fuels for cheap fuel, powerful export incomes, or fertilizers. Isolation brings them thin soils better suited to growing wood than staple crops. Deforestation is often rampant. Energy dependency leads to trade imbalances and weak currencies that make importing foreign technology […]
Tweet In Thailand, the country’s deputy prime minister/finance minister wants all new buses to run on ethanol which would help to stabilize prices for ethanol and cassava. The country currently has a huge surplus of ethanol that it has a hard time exporting in sufficient quantity to support prices locally. He is on a tour […]