In India, researchers at the Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) have identified a strain of algae in the Cochin estuary that could provide good yields for biodiesel production, with almost 26% lipids. The challenge will be harvest the yellow-colored algae without them dying.
In India, beyond the current ethanol bus trial, the city of Nagpur is looking to also trial biodiesel and biogas buses to clean up local public transport. The state and central government would fund the buses for the trial, while Scania is reportedly exploring development of a biogas plant near Bengaluru in Karnataka.
In India, other ethanol users such as the chemical industry are paying as much as 5% more to secure their ethanol after the government set a price floor two weeks ago in order to end the deadlock between oil marketing companies and sugar mills. What’s more, contracts are being signed for future deliveries of ethanol […]
In India, the government has proposed slashing all excise taxes on the purchase of vehicles that run on 100% biofuels, including personal transportation as well as buses. Currently excise taxes on vehicles run between 6-8%. Excise taxes for hybrid vehicles would be cut to 2%. The transport minister is pushing hard, especially for biofuels in […]
In India, the Cabinet Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has set the price oil marketing companies must pay to sugar mills for ethanol at 77 cents per liter, including taxes and transport, compared to just 46 cents that OMCs have been paying. The move will help support sugar mills to produce more ethanol and even […]
In India, NatureWorks and Northern Technologies International will be collaborating for the sales of Ingeo, a bioplastic that can be used for rigid and flexible packaging, foodservice ware, and more. The sales will be focused in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Under this new agreement, NatureWorks is supporting Natur-Tec India’s sales efforts by participating […]
In India, the oil marketing companies have canceled their buy tenders for 1.2 billion liters of ethanol, saying the falling price of oil has no longer made the ethanol offered by sugar mills viable. When the 1.56 billion liter tender was opened, oil was at $114 a barrel but that has now fallen to $72 […]
In India, the country’s biomass association is pushing for the government to bring the feed-in tariff for renewables in line with those provided to coal and diesel-based power. About 2,700 MW of biomass-based power is provided to the grid currently, with 1,200MW coming from various sources of biomass and the rest coming from bagasse produced […]
In India, the government is looking to allow the blending of cellulosic ethanol to help add supply to the national ethanol market and reduce competition with potable and industrial users. Currently only sugarcane-based ethanol is allowed to be blended with fuel, and the government wants to see blending go up to 10% from the current […]
In India, Maharashtra is looking to scrap an old policy that requires mills to be at least 25km away from each other—as the crow flies. Among other benefits to the industry, mills say that a consequential boost in cane production will provide more feedstock for ethanol, creating a win-win situation for everyone.