Tag: Brazil

UNICA says October hydrous ethanol sales were up 3.51% on year

UNICA says October hydrous ethanol sales were up 3.51% on year

November 20, 2014 |

In Brazil, UNICA says hydrous ethanol sales into Brazil’s domestic market by producers in Brazil’s South Central region totaled 1.31 billion liters in October, an increase of 3.51% versus October 2013 (1.26 billion liters). Sales of anhydrous ethanol into Brazil’s domestic market also were up, going from 807.03 million liters in October 2013 to 821.47 […]

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Brazilian ethanol headed to the US from Santos

Brazilian ethanol headed to the US from Santos

November 17, 2014 |

In Brazil, between 10,000 and 20,000 cubic meters of ethanol could be heading to the US from the port of Santos, thanks to a weaker Real against the dollar and a recent price rally for ethanol in the US. Platts said bids and offers heard last week were $545/cu m and $555/cu m. The arbitrage […]

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EMBRAPA says bioenergy could increase six-fold without rainforest damage

EMBRAPA says bioenergy could increase six-fold without rainforest damage

November 17, 2014 |

In Brazil, EMBRAPA says that the country can boost its bioenergy production enough to achieve its goals by converting just 20% to 30% of the 50 million hectares the agency says is available, without having to encroach on rainforest areas. That would increase crop area under production for bioenergy by six-fold.  

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BMW ramping up flex-fuel production in Brazil

BMW ramping up flex-fuel production in Brazil

November 12, 2014 |

In Brazil, BMW has started manufacturing its flex-fuel X1 vehicle at the company’s new manufacturing plant in Santa Catarina. The vehicle uses the sDrive20i powered by a 2-liter gasoline engine with ActiveFlex technology. Last month the company started assembling the 328i ActiveFlex there as well. So far the ActiveFlex technology appears to only be available […]

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Brazilian researcher looking at tilapia waste as biodiesel feedstock

Brazilian researcher looking at tilapia waste as biodiesel feedstock

November 10, 2014 |

In Brazil, researchers at the State University of West Paraná are looking at the viability of tilapia oil as a feedstock for biodiesel. The fish itself has about 22% oil content while fish waste has about 6% oil. Guts, fins, heads, skin, and scales are all waste products from fish processing but no oil was […]

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UNICA says small boost to Petrobras gas prices won’t support ethanol sales

UNICA says small boost to Petrobras gas prices won’t support ethanol sales

November 10, 2014 |

In Brazil, UNICA says that Petrobras boosting gasoline prices by 3% won’t have a significant impact on demand for ethanol as pump prices will only go up by about 1.5%. UNICA’s secretary general says that the modest move in prices shows that the government continues to care more about Petrobras than for the ethanol industry […]

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Falling oil prices seen threatening Brazilian ethanol producers

Falling oil prices seen threatening Brazilian ethanol producers

November 5, 2014 |

In Brazil, falling oil prices are expected to have a negative impact on ethanol producers as the biofuel becomes less competitive against the fossil fuel. As ethanol becomes less competitive, that could force sugar mills—who switched to ethanol to offset lower sugar prices—to move back to sugar, further adding to a global glut.  Just over […]

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Brazil markets plunge on Rousseff re-election

Brazil markets plunge on Rousseff re-election

October 27, 2014 |

In Brazil, markets reacted poorly to Dilma Rousseff’s re-election on Sunday with Cosan and San Marthino shares sinking while prospects for Petrobras look even worse. Cosan opened down 6% while Petrobras opened down more than 15%. Analysts say the markets will only stabilize once Rousseff announces concrete policies.  

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Brazil starts importing ethanol early in the season, could hit 600 million liters

Brazil starts importing ethanol early in the season, could hit 600 million liters

October 23, 2014 |

In Brazil, Datagro says that ethanol imports are likely to resume and could hit 600 million liters during the intercrop period this marketing year. Drought has cut the cane crush by about 10%, forcing imports already earlier in the year than typical. Most of the ethanol is likely to be sourced from the US.  

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Vale expects to begin biodiesel production in 2016

Vale expects to begin biodiesel production in 2016

October 22, 2014 |

In Brazil, Vale expects to begin producing biodiesel in 2016 to power their mines as well as locomotives that transport the minerals to market. It’s expected the fuel will be blended at 25%. In total, the company expects to invest $500 million in biodiesel. In 2011, it bought controlling interest of a palm oil biodiesel […]

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