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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In Brazil, Recoleo will begin collecting used cooking oil from more than 800 McDonalds around the country for processing into biodiesel. Before this new contract, the company was already collecting 400,000 liters of used oil per month from 1,500 households and 3,500 businesses while selling biodiesel to 5,000 clients.