In Argentina, the government has raised the price that oil companies must pay in January for ethanol by 5% for both sugarcane- and corn-based fuel, the highest price fluctuation allowed by law. Oftentimes the ministry has boosted the price of sugarcane ethanol more than corn-based ethanol. The country’s E10 policy has helped support increased ethanol […]
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In Brazil, sugarcane mills crushed 210% more cane during the last half of December than during the same period last year as mills tried to defy the typically wet weather the region is prone to during the season. It produced 27.17 billion liters of ethanol through December, compared to 25.91 billion liters last season last […]
In Brazil, as the crush heads into its final stages for the year, mills are again focusing on ethanol production over sugar with nearly 58% of the crop going towards producing the fuel. The ethanol focus is in turn helping to support sugar prices, which are finally starting to recover for the first time in […]
In Argentina, the government has again raised the price blenders must pay for sugarcane ethanol for September, now to $1.04 per liter, about 2% higher than August and below the monthly maximum price increase of 5%. On the other hand, corn-based ethanol prices were cut slightly by 1.4% to 79 cents per liter. With concerns […]
In Washington, ActionAid USA is linking the use of biofuels in the US with growing demand for ethanol—and therefore sugarcane—in Brazil that it says is encroaching on organic farmers in Brazil in an attempt to bring back the food vs fuel debate. The article completely ignores the fact that Brazil has been building its own […]
In Brazil, Ceres says the company is pulling back from research into bioenergy crops due to low prices and a sinking domestic economy and will instead focus on sugarcane for food and feed. Unfavorable biofuels policies as well as delays in bringing to market second generation biofuel production technologies have helped to support the decision […]
In California, researchers at the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI), a partnership led by the University of California (UC) Berkeley that includes Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the BP energy company have developed a process that can be used to selectively upgrade alkyl methyl ketones derived from […]
In Brazil, UNICA is reporting that mills in Brazil’s South Central region processed 40.10 million tons of sugarcane during second-half May, representing a 5.53% increase from the 38.00 million tons crushed during the same period last year. From the start of the 2015/2016 season through end-May, the crush totaled 114.28 million tons, compared to 117.31 […]
In Argentina, the country’s energy ministry says oil marketing companies must pay $1 per liter for sugarcane-based ethanol in June, up 5% over May. Prices for corn ethanol also went up but only about 1%. Ethanol prices rises are capped at 5% per month in order to ease inflation impacts.
In California, researchers at the University of California’s Energy Biosciences Institute demonstrated that a sugarcane biorefinery could use natural synergies between various routes to produce a mixture of lubricant base oils and jet fuels that achieve net life-cycle greenhouse gas savings of up to 80%.