Tag: India

Indian sugar mills say they could supply more ethanol if needed

Indian sugar mills say they could supply more ethanol if needed

December 14, 2017 |

In India, the Hindu newspaper says that despite sugar mills contracting a record amount of ethanol sales with oil marketing companies, they say that if a second round of tenders was held that more volume could be offered. A total of 3.13 billion liters are required to achieve the 10% ethanol-blending mandate in 2018 but […]

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India looks to 15% methanol blending to help offset lack of ethanol

India looks to 15% methanol blending to help offset lack of ethanol

December 12, 2017 |

In India, in light of the difficulty for sugar mills to supply required volumes for the 10% ethanol-blending mandate, Autocar India reports that the government announced last week it would allow up to 15% blending of coal-based methanol in an effort to reduce fuel costs. Depending upon how it’s produced, however, it can have very […]

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Goa having a hard time with its biofuel buses

Goa having a hard time with its biofuel buses

November 27, 2017 |

In India, despite Goa’s best intentions to introduce biofuel-powered buses and plans to invest in hundreds more as soon as next year, regulatory issues have impeded the sourcing of biogas from a local facility to fuel the biogas-powered bus while technical issues with air conditioning in the ethanol-fueled buses have kept one bus off the […]

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Key Indian energy leader says state and national policy differences must be addressed for ethanol to succeed

Key Indian energy leader says state and national policy differences must be addressed for ethanol to succeed

November 27, 2017 |

In India, the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas says despite ensuring ethanol consumption become mandatory, issues concerning supply need to be addressed, such as the increasing profitability of molasses production. Policy differences between state and national level that have impeded production and trade also need to be resolved, he said. […]

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Crop stubble collection centers to open across India for ethanol

Crop stubble collection centers to open across India for ethanol

November 26, 2017 |

In India, air pollution caused by crop stubble burning may soon start decreasing thanks to new stubble collection centers that will feed about 12 second-generation bioethanol plants. The recent smog, mostly from paddy straw that is burned in the fields after the main crop is harvested, has shut down schools and led to bans on […]

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Indian oil marketing companies to sign 15-year offtake agreements for 2G ethanol

Indian oil marketing companies to sign 15-year offtake agreements for 2G ethanol

November 23, 2017 |

In India, during the release of the new draft biofuels policy this week would, the oil minister said that oil marketing companies must be required to offtake 2G ethanol ensure the viability of production, secure sufficient supplies and reduce pollution. OMCs have agreed to sign 15-year offtake agreements with second-generation ethanol producers to provide the […]

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NRL signs MOU for 150,000 tons of bamboo for planned Chempolis cellulosic ethanol plant

NRL signs MOU for 150,000 tons of bamboo for planned Chempolis cellulosic ethanol plant

November 22, 2017 |

In India, Numaligarh Refinery Ltd signed an MOU to secure 150,000 metric tons of bamboo annually from the Manipur region to supply its planned cellulosic ethanol plant with Finland’s Chempolis. The agreement is expected to lead towards the creation of bamboo processing clusters that will help farmers add value to their bamboo plantations.  The $146.7 […]

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India to allow grain-based ethanol during surplus years

India to allow grain-based ethanol during surplus years

November 22, 2017 |

In India, with an eye on 20% ethanol blending and 5% biodiesel consumption for 2030, the government’s upcoming biofuel policy is expected to allow grain-based ethanol production during surplus years. Damaged grains unfit for consumption will also be allowed as biofuel feedstock. Currently the country only consumes 2% ethanol despite a 10% blending policy and […]

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Indian researchers create comprehensive database of known biofuel enzymes

Indian researchers create comprehensive database of known biofuel enzymes

November 7, 2017 |

In India, researchers developed a comprehensive database of known enzymes with proven or potential applications in biofuel production through text mining of PubMed abstracts and other publicly available information. A total of 131 enzymes with a role in biofuel production were identified and classified into six enzyme classes and four broad application categories namely ‘Alcohol […]

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Indian cabinet approves 5% ethanol price increase

Indian cabinet approves 5% ethanol price increase

November 1, 2017 |

In India, the cabinet approved a 5% increase in ethanol prices to just over 63 cents per liter in order to improve the economic viability for sugar mills the supplying of ethanol to oil marketing companies. The country’s E10 blending mandate has failed to take off due to drought that hit production supplies last year […]

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