In Finland, Chempolis and Numaligarh Refinery Limited have signed an MOU to jointly study to build a biorefinery in Northeastern Indian (Assam) to produce ethanol from bamboo with furfural and acetic acid produced as co-products. The announcement comes almost a year after Chempolis signed an MOU with ONGC, India’s leading oil & gas exploration company. […]
The 2000s-era wonder crop went quiet as “plant anything, anywhere” gave way to the “develop genetics, boost yield” movement, led by SGB. Today, SGB moves forward again with new financing. In California, SGB announced an $11 million Series C financing to drive commercial rollout, after reducing the time to maturity from 5 years to 1-2 […]
In India, “The Green Bus project” is launching in Nagpur as the country launched its first ethanol-run, environment-friendly public bus last week. Carbon dioxide emissions from the bus will be as low as 15% to 90%; the Union government, Maharashtra state government and Nagpur Municipal Corporation will monitor the emissions of the new bus. The […]
In India, the sugar mills are winning the price war against oil marketing companies, saying they won’t be able to supply ethanol at the low prices they were forced down to last year. Mills want 66 cents per liter, oil companies paid only 52 cents last year, but mills will accept no less than 61 […]
In India, My Eco Energy has opened its first filling station in Pune that will supply its UCO biodiesel retailed as Indizel with 500 pumps expected in Maharashtra during the next year. Kolhapur, Noida and Visakhapatnam have been identified as biodiesel production sites. Austria’s Energia will supply the production technology.
In India, the new prime minister has asked for a meeting with the petroleum ministry and food department officials to discuss the proposed E10 policy that could reduce the country’s petroleum imports by $3 billion per year. Oil marketing companies are still not willing to pay the prices that sugar mills are seeking during supply […]
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.