In India, the government regulator Sebi has found Sunshine Global Agro Limited (formerly known as Sunshine Forestry Private Ltd) cheated 40,000 investors who were told that by investing 1,000 rupees in a jatropha seedling, they would be worth 3,000 rupees seven years later. The scheme has also included goats, cows and emu birds in an […]
In India, the chemical industry says that the current 5% ethanol blend and proposed 10% ethanol blend for transport has caused shortages of ethanol and irrational price increases for use in chemicals. Roughly a million liters per year is required for the chemical industry, which it claims is the deficit now created in the market […]
In India, Scania has delivered its first ED95 Metro-link bus that will run between Chennai and Kochi. The buses will be manufactured in India at the production facility near Bangalore beginning in August. Between 100 and 150 of the ED95 buses will be delivered in India by the end of the year.
In India, the new cabinet is expected to make a decision soon on boosting the ethanol blend to 10% from the current 5%. During the next parliament, the transport minister says legislation will be introduced to boost the availability of vehicles that run on alternative fuels.
In India, oil marketing companies have only managed to achieve 1.37% blending of ethanol with gasoline, compared to the 5% they are mandated to blend. Infrastructure and inter-state trade hurdles have been identified and are being addressed while the new government is supporting farmers to help increase supplies.
In India, the Sugarcane Breeding Institute has developed varieties of energy cane, including a high fiber and low sugar variety that can be used by existing sugarcane mills suitable for first generation ethanol and co-generation power, and an even higher fiber, high biomass variety suitable for cellulosic ethanol and co-gen.
In India, the oil ministry wants to cap ethanol blending at 10% despite earlier policies that hoped to reach 20% by 2017. The ministry is using a blend-wall argument, saying that cars can’t handle above 10% ethanol.
In India, the government has revised the pricing formula for ethanol in an attempt to make it more attractive for sugar mills to participate in supply tenders for the E5 mandate. From the new crush beginning in October, the mills could see a price increase of roughly 10%.
In India, Purti Power and Sugar is working with Praj to set up a $13.5 million ethanol plant co-located at its sugar mill in Maharashtra. The facility will produce 15,000 liters of ethanol per day. Molasses as well as a wide variety of organic wastes will be used to produce the fuel.
In India, if the new government manages to get the ethanol blending to 10% nationwide from the current 3%, Praj says it won’t be a game changer as such but it will give the sugar companies a heavy hit of self confidence. Match that with a huge cut in foreign exchange expenditures from oil imports […]