Tag: Brazil

Brazilian H1 April ethanol production seen down 17% on year due to smaller cane crush

Brazilian H1 April ethanol production seen down 17% on year due to smaller cane crush

April 22, 2019 |

In Brazil, Platts reports that analysts believe ethanol production will fall more than 17% on the year during the first half of April to 823 million liters, compared to Platts’ estimate of 793 million liters. The biggest fall in production is seen in hydrous ethanol which analysis surveyed by Platts also see as falling 17% […]

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Toyota’s hybrid ethanol Corolla to hit the Brazilian market in Q4

Toyota’s hybrid ethanol Corolla to hit the Brazilian market in Q4

April 17, 2019 |

In Brazil, Toyota confirmed the new Brazilian Corolla will be the first vehicle in the world equipped with flex hybrid propulsion. Studies involving Toyota’s hybrid flex technology were announced by the manufacturer in March last year, while production confirmation came in December of the same year. Driving a new cycle of technological evolution in Brazil, […]

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Brazilian biodiesel auction sources of 928.51 million liters at 58 cents/liter average

Brazilian biodiesel auction sources of 928.51 million liters at 58 cents/liter average

April 17, 2019 |

In Brazil, Renewables Now reports that the most recent ANP biodiesel auction saw a total of 928.51 million liters of biodiesel contracted at an average of 58 cents per liter for a total of $545 million. Nearly 40 producers offered more than 1 billion liters of biodiesel at the auction that will supply the B10 […]

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Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices hit record high as rains hamper cane crush

Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices hit record high as rains hamper cane crush

April 16, 2019 |

In Brazil, Platts reports that rains in the main center-south sugarcane growing areas have created a tight supply situation for ethanol, pushing hydrous ethanol prices 18% higher during the first 11 days in April to $604.21 per cubic meter, a record high. One trader told Platts that he couldn’t source either hydrous or anhydrous for […]

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South Korea and Japan looking to switch to Brazilian ethanol but crush getting in the way

South Korea and Japan looking to switch to Brazilian ethanol but crush getting in the way

April 16, 2019 |

In Brazil, Platts reports that South Korea and Japan are looking to switch imports to B-grade ethanol from Brazil now that the crushing season has kicked off and should help to push prices lower. Typically, early in the year the two countries buy ethanol from Pakistan whose availability winds down around the time that Brazilian […]

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BASF to expand sodium methylate production in Brazil to support biodiesel industry

BASF to expand sodium methylate production in Brazil to support biodiesel industry

April 9, 2019 |

In Brazil, BASF will increase the production capacity for its Sodium Methylate plant in Guaratinguetá, Brazil. The nameplate capacity will increase by 30%, from currently 60,000 metric tons to 80,000 metric tons. The new capacity will come onstream in 2020. Sodium Methylate is an efficient and reliable catalyst that provides a sustainable solution for the […]

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Braskem supplying biobased resins for use in drip irrigation

Braskem supplying biobased resins for use in drip irrigation

April 4, 2019 |

In Brazil, drip irrigation applied to sugarcane cultivation, a solution adopted by NaanDanJain with Braskem’s support, offers an increase of at least 65% in sugarcane yields compared to the traditional rainfed method. In some cases, the improvement in yield can reach 200%. This irrigation method uses drip systems with pressure-compensating technology (which controls flow) and […]

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Brazilian researchers studying where biomass and sucrose accumulate in sugarcane

Brazilian researchers studying where biomass and sucrose accumulate in sugarcane

April 3, 2019 |

In Brazil, researchers at the University of São Paulo’s Bioscience Institute have focused on studying the genes involved in sugarcane root cell separation with the aim of developing transgenic varieties of sugarcane in which the process occurs in other parts of the plant, such as the stem, where biomass and sucrose accumulate. The cell walls […]

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South America rejects shift to electric vehicles choosing instead ethanol and other fuels

South America rejects shift to electric vehicles choosing instead ethanol and other fuels

March 28, 2019 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that South America continues to look at ethanol as the major fuel of preference, rejecting the development of the electric vehicle market in favor of cane-based fuel. Automobile manufacturers met in Brazil this week to discuss future fuels, opting to still with traditional fuels instead including natural gas as found in […]

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Brazilian sugarcane crush could kick off slowly due to ethanol stockpiles

Brazilian sugarcane crush could kick off slowly due to ethanol stockpiles

March 26, 2019 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that the 2019/20 sugarcane crush is getting off to a slow start partly due to large ethanol inventories with just 27 mills crushing during the first half of March compared to 50 mills during the same period last year. Slow development of cane is also keeping mills from jumping into the […]

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