Tag: Cuba

Cuba may begin to look at biofuels post-Fidel

Cuba may begin to look at biofuels post-Fidel

December 5, 2016 |

In Cuba, following the death of Fidel Castro who was a major opponent of biofuels due to his understanding of food versus fuel, the country is starting to look at opportunities to engage its sugarcane industry for ethanol and perhaps second-generation ethanol along with the use of other crops like sweet sorghum. The question of […]

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US Grains Council sees Cuba as major market for DDGS exports

US Grains Council sees Cuba as major market for DDGS exports

December 31, 2014 |

In Washington, the US Grains Council says that coarse grains exports could increase dramatically if United States-Cuba diplomatic relations are fully normalized, with the island nation having the potential to become the 12th largest market for U.S. corn if trade is truly open. The United States has sold corn to Cuba each marketing year since […]

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Cuba prefers focus on co-gen rather than ethanol

Cuba prefers focus on co-gen rather than ethanol

September 29, 2014 |

In Cuba, the government is holding out for now with plans to produces sugarcane ethanol, not convinced it will help the country’s energy situation, and will instead focus on investing in boosting co-generation production to boost domestic electricity supplies. Current targets are for 20 sugarcane mills to produce 730MW by 2030, providing about 14% of […]

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Cuba to receive award for progress in implementing biofuels

Cuba to receive award for progress in implementing biofuels

April 21, 2014 |

In Bolivia, the Pan-American Union of Associations of Engineers will award Cuba the Luis Wannoni Lander International Prize for its progress in biofuels during the union’s annual meeting in August. The country has introduced biofuel for cooking, heating and electricity and there are moves underway to extend biofuel use to agricultural equipment, refrigeration and home […]

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Tanzania to receive new technologies from Cuba when Labiofam bio-larvicide plant completed

Tanzania to receive new technologies from Cuba when Labiofam bio-larvicide plant completed

December 27, 2012 |

In Tanzania, when a bio-larvicide plant currently under construction is complete, Labiofam, the company building the plant will transfer 54 technolgies to Tanzania. An IPPmedia.com article quotes Dr. Castro as stating the technologies include vaccines, veterinary products, cancer treatments, human health, pro-biotic foods, starch and acid glucose to be produced from local natural resources.

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Cuba introduces jatropha into integrated food and energy model

Cuba introduces jatropha into integrated food and energy model

December 26, 2012 |

In Cuba, a new focus on integrated food and energy systems will include jatropha for biodiesel production in an effort to increase production in non-food feedstocks while staying away from the traditional plantation style of growing jatropha.

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Cuba opens second biodiesel plant

Cuba opens second biodiesel plant

December 21, 2012 |

In Cuba, the country has opened its second biodiesel plant, and has announced that it plans to build three more plants using inedible plants as feedstocks. The new plant currently running a trial run in Sancti Spiritus, with 110 hectares of land cultivated with jatropha curcas. Cuba plans to provide 50% of its energy needs […]

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Cuba recieves $50m in sugar mill for biofuel

Cuba recieves $50m in sugar mill for biofuel

December 10, 2012 |

In Cuba, Havana Energy has invested $50m into a Ciro Redondo sugar mill to convert marabou weed into biofuel. The investment was unannounced, but is believed to be one of the largest foreign investment deals in Cuba in recent years, providing jobs in addition to alternative energy. Harvesting the marabou weed will also help to […]

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Cuba’s first jatropha biodiesel facility comes online.

Cuba’s first jatropha biodiesel facility comes online.

July 16, 2012 |

In Cuba, the country’s first jatropha-based biodiesel plant has come online with an annual production of just 100 metric tons. It is expected that 130 hectares of jatropha will be planted to supply seeds to the facility. The project is part of a cross-ministry cooperation that includes support from the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation.

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Cuba may allow foreign direct investment in sugarcane ethanol

Cuba may allow foreign direct investment in sugarcane ethanol

February 3, 2012 |

In Cuba, the government is considering allowing foreign investment in sugar cane based ethanol production.  Tovar Nunes, a Brazilian Foreign Ministry spokesman stated, “Fidel’s resistance in this field is being overcome.”  Fidel has historically been against ethanol based on concerns that this would compete with food production.  Over the last 7 years, the Cuban sugar […]

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