Tag: India

Indian OMCs launch largest-ever ethanol buy tender

Indian OMCs launch largest-ever ethanol buy tender

October 17, 2017 |

In India, oil marketing companies have launched their largest-ever ethanol buy tender, seeking 3.13 billion liters during the 2017/18 sugar crop towards the 10% ethanol blending mandate. The tender is valued at $1.97 billion. Oil companies have to pay an 18% Goods and Services Tax on top of that. Due to drought that seriously hit […]

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Indian sugar mills hopeful for ethanol recovery as cane production bounces back

Indian sugar mills hopeful for ethanol recovery as cane production bounces back

October 16, 2017 |

In India, along with the major recovery in sugarcane production, mills are hoping ethanol production will also bounce back so they can better supply the country’s 10% ethanol blending mandate. Due to drought and low cane production, they were only able to supply 2.5% towards the mandate during the previous season, about 710 million liters. […]

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Indian government signs MOU with Sweden for biogas technology

Indian government signs MOU with Sweden for biogas technology

October 14, 2017 |

In Sweden, India’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met with Swedish government officials to work out plans on using Swedish biogas technology to make urban transportation in Mumbai compliant with emission standards. If it works in Mumbai, it will be expanded to public transportation in Nagpur. The sewage treatment plants in Mumbai will be able to […]

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Indian sugar mills could boost ethanol production if incentives were place

Indian sugar mills could boost ethanol production if incentives were place

September 28, 2017 |

In India, the sugar millers association says boosting ethanol production capacity will help the industry absorb the bumper sugarcane crop of 30 million metric tons expected during 2018/19, compared to 25 million tons seen for the upcoming 2017/18 season. Only 128 of 530 sugar mills in the country have ethanol production capacity installed with a […]

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Indian researchers produce biodiesel from waste carbon using local bacteria

Indian researchers produce biodiesel from waste carbon using local bacteria

September 14, 2017 |

In India, researchers from New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University have discovered that by bringing together species of bacteria from Aravalli marble mines near Alwar and from brackish waters in the high-altitude Pangong Lake in Ladakh on the border with China can create biodiesel. The bacteria from the marble mines can sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide into organic […]

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India’s transportation minister threatens to bulldoze car manufacturers if they don’t supply alternative fuel vehicles

India’s transportation minister threatens to bulldoze car manufacturers if they don’t supply alternative fuel vehicles

September 7, 2017 |

In India, the transportation minister gave auto manufacturers a stark warning to start switching to cars that run on alternative fuels and electricity or risk a shrinking market with no recompense for switching late or failing to switch. With the government focused on reducing fossil fuel imports and pollution, he said he doesn’t mind “bulldozing” […]

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Indian government extends refining working group deadline yet again

Indian government extends refining working group deadline yet again

August 26, 2017 |

In India, the government’s oil ministry issued an order further extending the deadline of the 12-member working group that was supposed to prepare a roadmap for expanding refining capacity last year. What was going to be a three-month project has now been over a year in the making as India prepare plans for increasing their […]

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Indian researchers believe toxic algal blooms could feed freshwater algae for biofuels

Indian researchers believe toxic algal blooms could feed freshwater algae for biofuels

August 24, 2017 |

In India, researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee have determined that toxic algal blooms can be a cheap, abundant nutrient source for cultivating Chlorella pyrenoidosa, a freshwater algae that can be used as a biodiesel feedstock. Pre-treatments such as acid/alkali and autoclave/microwave were tested while the acid autoclave hydrolysis method was found to […]

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Goa launches biogas bus trial with eye on adding 40 to its fleet in February

Goa launches biogas bus trial with eye on adding 40 to its fleet in February

August 15, 2017 |

In India, Goa has launched its first biogas bus as a pilot project ahead of next February’s planned introduction of 40 such Scania buses. The pilot including the biogas bus and two ethanol buses was launched on Independence Day and will be operated by state-run Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited. The biogas will be supplied by the […]

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Karnataka first Indian state to cut much-needed red tape on ethanol trade

Karnataka first Indian state to cut much-needed red tape on ethanol trade

August 15, 2017 |

In India, Karnataka has become the first state to implement amendments to the Industries Development and Regulation (IDR) Act by dropping the requirement for permits issued from the excise department for the movement of ethanol. The move is among the requests by the ethanol industry for the government to reduce red tape and facilitate improved ethanol […]

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