In India, ethanol blending only reached 1.4% through February, down from 2% last year and only a third of the mandated 5% blend. In addition to the ongoing contract disputes between sugar mills and oil marketing companies, state levies on “import” ethanol from other states have become a major dampener to trade. The national sugar […]
In India, Bangalore-based enterprise VayuGrid engaged in building affordable Bioenergy supply chains announced that they have entered into an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with New Renewable Energy Development Corporation of AP (NREDCAP) for the State of Andhra Pradesh to develop Panchayat level Bio Energy Zones ( BEZs) for green power generation including the power generation […]
In India, with raw sugar export subsidies potentially tied to supplying ethanol to Oil Marketing Companies, sugar companies are beginning to worry that they won’t be able to supply a quarter of their production capacity as may be required. But the sugar mills association says that in the case of Maharashtra, at least, the situation […]
In India, Maharashtra sugar mills have begun supplying ethanol to Oil Marketing Companies, with about 65% of the total ethanol supplies purchased by OMCs coming from the state, up from 40% typically. Last year the state supplied 750,000 liters of ethanol towards the country’s E5 blend but will supply 210 million liters this year.
In India, the cabinet has approved the long-awaited export subsidy for raw sugar, but with a caveat—those mills who produce alcohol must offer at least 25% of their annual production to oil marketing companies in order to receive the subsidy.
In India, Andhra Pradesh’s state road transportation agency plans to introduce biodiesel-fueled buses into its fleet. Even though diesel prices are falling, biodiesel prices have fallen in tandem, so running the fleet on biodiesel will save the agency millions annually.
In India, researchers at Kochi-based SCMS Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Research and Development and the SCMS School of Engineering and Technology have filed for a US patent for coconut-based biodiesel. The technology can produce 760 liters of biodiesel from 10,000 coconuts’ worth of oil, along with five other co-products.
In India, Maharashtra sugar mills are increasingly worried over delays in ethanol procurement by oil marketing companies, with sales of 180 million liters on hold until no one knows when. Delaying the purchase order from the tender issued in December could force distilleries to run in the summer after the crushing season ends, leading to […]
In India, the transport minister is at last pushing for states to end their “import” and “export” taxes on ethanol, which should help make the fuel more economically viable throughout the country. Despite an E5 blend and two major court cases proving the opposite, nine states lob these taxes on ethanol claiming it is potable […]
In India, Novozymes and Beta Renewables are working to establish a 75 million liter per year cellulosic ethanol plant in Punjab using 3 million metric tons of paddy straw as feedstock. The $153.7 million plant could lead the way for $1 billion in investment of five other plants in the state if successful.