Tag: India

Indian transport minister calls for complete green conversion for NMC buses

Indian transport minister calls for complete green conversion for NMC buses

December 6, 2016 |

In India, the transport minister has set the challenge to Nagpur Municipal Corporation to transition its entire bus fleet to biofuels. The NMC recently introduced 20 ethanol-powered buses following a two-year trial. The green line will be managed by Scania whom the minister has called upon to open a bus manufacturing facility in the region. […]

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Indian policy stuck on methanol blending levels

Indian policy stuck on methanol blending levels

December 1, 2016 |

In India, the issue of methanol blending is stuck while the ministry of petroleum and natural gas sorts out what the right blending level should be. The fuel has been identified as an alternative to expensive fossil fuels that make up the majority of transportation energy in the country. Ethanol blending has been slow to […]

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Indian government push for W2E extends to power as well

Indian government push for W2E extends to power as well

November 28, 2016 |

In India, in addition to the government’s push to promote second generation biofuels from waste, as many as 24 waste-to-energy projects are currently under development to produce 233MW of power that will help to increase production by six-fold from the current 53MW installed when added to the new 79MW of installed capacity that have just […]

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Indian researchers develop method to produce carbon nanoparticles from bagasse

Indian researchers develop method to produce carbon nanoparticles from bagasse

November 24, 2016 |

In India, researchers led by the National Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the University of Madras have developed a way to produce highly fluorescent carbon quantum dots— tiny carbon nanoparticles, which are about four nanometers across—from sugarcane bagasse. They can be used as biosensors, in light-emitting diodes and even to deliver drugs around the […]

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Indian oil companies to invest $586 million in seven 2G ethanol plants

Indian oil companies to invest $586 million in seven 2G ethanol plants

November 21, 2016 |

In India, Indian Oil Corp. Ltd (IOCL), Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd (HPCL) announced they will invest $586 million in developing seven second-generation ethanol plants to help the government achieve its 22.5% ethanol blending goals. Each facility is planned to produce between 100,000 and 150,000 liters of ethanol per day […]

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Novozymes expands in India

Novozymes expands in India

November 20, 2016 |

In Denmark, Novozymes has obtained land on a long-term lease in the Patalganga industrial area near Mumbai on India’s west coast. With an initial investment of approximately DKK 300 million the company plans to establish a new enzyme production and supply chain facility that is expected to be ready for operation in 2018 and will […]

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Punjab signs MOU with government to develop 10 2G ethanol plants

Punjab signs MOU with government to develop 10 2G ethanol plants

November 16, 2016 |

In India, the Punjab government has signed an MOU with the central government to develop a $7.35 million second-generation ethanol plant that will use crop waste as feedstock. With more than 5 million metric tons of straw available per year in the state, the project is expected to be the first of 10 such ethanol […]

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Indian company developing bio-CNG for scooters from molasses and ethanol

Indian company developing bio-CNG for scooters from molasses and ethanol

November 15, 2016 |

In India, Purti Group’s Manas Agro Industries and Infrastructure Limited has developed a method to produce biogas from molasses generated while manufacturing sugar that is then mixed with rectified spirit and ethanol which forms a sludge as feedstock for methane production. The gas is then compressed and will be sold very cheaply to power scooters, […]

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Maha looks to power women-only buses with ethanol while Scania may bring “electric highway” for goods transport

Maha looks to power women-only buses with ethanol while Scania may bring “electric highway” for goods transport

November 14, 2016 |

In India, the Maharashtra state government is launching a pilot project blending ethanol in public transport with the first vehicles to be 200 new buses that will be specifically for women passengers. At the national level, the government is looking to team with Scania on its “electric highway” program launched at the pilot level in […]

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India wants sugar mills to produce bioplastics or biochemicals while trying to sort out soft loan restructuring

India wants sugar mills to produce bioplastics or biochemicals while trying to sort out soft loan restructuring

November 14, 2016 |

In India, the transportation minister said the country’s financial institutions are not equipped to structure the more than $880 million in soft loans held by the sugarcane industry, financing that would help many integrate or boost ethanol production. As policy shifts are needed to allow mills to produce ethanol from grade B molasses, he instead […]

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