Tag: Brazil

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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Ethanol companies supporting Brazil’s presidential opposition candidate

Ethanol companies supporting Brazil’s presidential opposition candidate

October 16, 2014 |

In Brazil, ethanol companies such as Copersucar along with banks and industry are throwing last minute cash into the presidential campaign of Aecio Neves, which is having a major impact in helping to weaken incumbent Dilma Rousseff ahead of the runoff on Oct. 26. Neves’ contributions in September nearly doubled to $56 million, helping to […]

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GranBio to soon announce partner for second cellulosic ethanol plant

GranBio to soon announce partner for second cellulosic ethanol plant

October 15, 2014 |

In Brazil, GranBio’s CEO says it is close to announcing the partner for its second cellulosic ethanol plant, which will be similar in size to the 22 million gallon, $190 million facility it recently opened. He didn’t reveal specifics about the new project but says the company expects to invest $1.7 billion through 2020 in […]

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Granbio teams with local company on co-generation at 2G plant

Granbio teams with local company on co-generation at 2G plant

October 9, 2014 |

In Brazil, Granbio and Caeté have created a JV whereby a co-generation facility is co-located at the second generation ethanol plant, fed by bagasse and lignin left over from the 2G conversion process, to produce process steam and electricity that is supplied to the grid. About 135 GWh of electricity will be sold onto the […]

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As many as 30 Brazilian ethanol mills headed for bankruptcy

As many as 30 Brazilian ethanol mills headed for bankruptcy

September 30, 2014 |

In Brazil, Valor Economico reports that as many as 30 ethanol and sugar plants are ready to shut down permanently thanks to the country’s policy to continually cap gasoline prices. The mills crush about 60 million metric tons of cane annually and currently aren’t operating. They’ve delayed payments for several months and are expected to […]

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Brazil publishes boost to biodiesel and ethanol blends

Brazil publishes boost to biodiesel and ethanol blends

September 25, 2014 |

In Brazil, the federal government has approved the increase of biodiesel blending to 7% from Nov. 1 and 6% from July. The law was published in the Official Gazette on Thursday. The ethanol blend was also officially raised to 27.5% from the current 25% following studies that showed the increase was technically feasible.

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ICRAF signs cooperation agreement with Embrapa

ICRAF signs cooperation agreement with Embrapa

September 23, 2014 |

In Brazil, cooperation agreement signed between the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) in Brasilia builds on a longstanding relationship between the two institutions. Ravi Prabhu, ICRAF deputy director general for research, said Embrapa’s agricultural research is internationally renowned, and “this MoU opens up great possibilities for collaboration between ICRAF and […]

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Have energy crops found the inflection point? NexSteppe Raises $22M in Series C Financing

Have energy crops found the inflection point? NexSteppe Raises $22M in Series C Financing

September 23, 2014 |

New Investors Total Energy Ventures and ELFH Holding join existing investors Braemar Energy Ventures, CYM Ventures and DuPont Ventures In California, NexSteppe, announced that it has raised $22M in its third round of funding. New investors Total Energy Ventures and ELFH Holding GmbH, a vehicle of the Berninghausen family in Germany, a serial founder and […]

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Brazil approves 10% farnesene in diesel blends

Brazil approves 10% farnesene in diesel blends

September 18, 2014 |

In Brazil, the ANP is now allowing diesel to be blended with 10% of Amyris sugarcane-based farnesene along with 6% biodiesel, reducing the fossil component of diesel to 84%. The biodiesel component will increase to 7% from Nov. 1. Amyris Brasil is required to submit monthly reports of fuel quality and every six months submit […]

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