Tweet In Brazil, the Sao Paolo Research Foundation FAPESP and Peugeot Citroën approved a proposal for the creation of a Research and Engineering Center focused on the development of biofuel-powered combustion engines.The center will bring together researchers at the Mechanical Engineering School of the University of Campinas (Unicamp), the Polytechnic School of the University of […]
Tweet In Brazil, the sugarcane harvest is slowing down with mills putting more focus on ethanol production rather than sugar production, which is nearly 25% compared to two weeks prior. Overall cane crushing is up more than 11% over last year. Nearly 54% of sugarcane went towards ethanol during the last half of November.
Tweet In Brazil, an explosion at BioSev’s Usina Santa Elisa in the town of Sertaõzinho killed one worker instantly while seriously injuring another with severe burns to the face. The cause of the explosion is still being investigated. The mill is one of 12 owned by Louis Dreyfus’ BioSev.
Tweet In Brazil, another 20 sugarcane mills are expected to shut down in the next few years, following in the footsteps of the more than 50 that have been shuttered since 2007, even though the government agreed to boost gasoline prices by 4%. The move to reduce subsidies on gasoline isn’t expected to be enough […]
Tweet In Brazil, Petrobras has signed a $2.33 million research deal with EMBRAPA to develop better cane varieties for Rio Grande do Sul state and develop efficient production systems to allow the region to participate in ethanol production. The agreement includes technical support from ANP’s research arm Cenpes and will be funded by Petrobras.
Tweet In Brazil, the country’s agriculture secretary says the ministry is exploring subsidies for ethanol production from corn and is looking to develop a policy to support its production. The country’s corn production has doubled in the past 11 years and the secretary says that ethanol is likely the best outlet for the surplus because […]
Tweet In Brazil, Raizen has broken ground on a commercial cellulosic ethanol plant using Iogen Energy technology, which represents more than a year of cooperation between Raizen and Iogen. The $100m plant, to be located adjacent to a sugar cane mill in Sao Paulo, will produce 10 mmgy per year. The plant is expected to […]
Tweet In Brazil, Datagro says that drivers won’t switch to ethanol until it’s 40% cheaper than gasoline, rather than the 30% traditionally thought as the switchover level. Though drivers may switch back and forth when it’s 30% cheaper, being 40% cheaper will mean a significant switch over to ethanol. Only about 24% of flex-fuel cars […]
Tweet In Brazil, Boeing and GOL Linhas Aerea Inteligentes S.A. have teamed up for aviation biofuel in Brazil, signing an MOU for biofuel collaboration at the Latin America and Caribbean Airt Transportation (ALTA) Airline Leaders Forum 2013. GOL plans to use sustainable biofuel on 200 flights during the major sporting events in Brazil in 2014, […]
Tweet In Brazil, UNICA says that ethanol production was up nearly 11% on the year during the last two weeks of October at 1.62 billion liters, compared to 1.48 billion liters during the same period last year. More than 795 million liters was anhydrous, up 16.4% on the year, while the rest was hydrous, also […]