Tag: India

India’s first biofuel-powered ship to hit the seas on Saturday

India’s first biofuel-powered ship to hit the seas on Saturday

February 8, 2016 |

In India, the country’s first biofuel-powered ship will launch on Saturday when the president reviews the naval fleet. Success of the pilot project, a vessel to be used as a fast interceptor craft, will determine if more vessels in the fleet will switch over to biofuel. The move is part of the navy’s shift towards […]

Read More

Maharashtra will supply most of the 330 million liters of ethanol secured at last tender

Maharashtra will supply most of the 330 million liters of ethanol secured at last tender

February 3, 2016 |

In India, 53 sugar mills from Maharashtra will supply 328 million liters following the finalization of the most recent buy tender from the Oil Marketing Companies. Another 580,000 liters from five mills will be supplied from outside the state. There were some concerns that the ongoing drought could impact the state’s ability to supply the […]

Read More

Tamil Nadu mills seek to eliminate ethanol production limits

Tamil Nadu mills seek to eliminate ethanol production limits

February 3, 2016 |

In India, the South Indian Sugar Mills Association has presented in court arguments why the 50 million liter limit on ethanol production for Tamil Nadu should be limited, arguing that the state’s production quota is more than 200 million liters. Existing distilleries have production capacity of 270 million liters and could easily supply the quota […]

Read More

Indian researchers patent “low cost” fractional hydrolysis technology

Indian researchers patent “low cost” fractional hydrolysis technology

February 1, 2016 |

In India, researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee have patented a fractional hydrolysis technology they say produces low cost ethanol from a perennial weed known as Kans grass, typically used for thatching roofs. Using the process, scientists could recover over 43.78% cellulose and 24.22% hemicellulose from the Kans grass compared to 37% cellulose […]

Read More

India oil minister promises sugar industry to source funding for ethanol plants

India oil minister promises sugar industry to source funding for ethanol plants

January 25, 2016 |

In India, the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas promised the sugar industry to work with the Finance Ministry to develop financing mechanisms to further ethanol production. Currently the industry could only supply enough for the E5 blend and that’s based on installed production capacity rather than actual production. In order […]

Read More

Indian auto industry worried about foreign competition if flex-fuel policy implemented

Indian auto industry worried about foreign competition if flex-fuel policy implemented

January 18, 2016 |

In India, the indigenous automobile industry is concerned about the new flex-fuel policy that will be released before Jan. 29 because it will take manufacturers the better part of a year to sort out flex-fuel technology while international manufacturers already selling in Brazil will have a head start. Additional costs will be passed on to […]

Read More

Indian government to announce wider ethanol policy within a month

Indian government to announce wider ethanol policy within a month

January 14, 2016 |

In India, the government plans to announce a new broader ethanol policy within the next month that will go beyond the sugar industry and look at other feedstocks such as agricultural waste. Already the cabinet approved the use of cellulosic feedstocks in December 2014 but there isn’t specific policy to support its development or implementation. […]

Read More

Southern Online Bio Technologies’ AP biodiesel facility online after 2014 cyclone

Southern Online Bio Technologies’ AP biodiesel facility online after 2014 cyclone

January 11, 2016 |

In India, Southern Online Bio Technologies’ biodiesel facility in Andhra Pradesh is back online after repairing damage created by the Hudhud cyclone in October 2014. To mark the occasion, the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation has ordered biodiesel to supply the B10 blend at its 78 depots. What’s more, the Ministry of Railways has […]

Read More

UP surpasses Maharashtra as largest ethanol producing state

UP surpasses Maharashtra as largest ethanol producing state

January 6, 2016 |

In India, low sugar prices helped Uttar Pradesh surpass Maharashtra as the country’s largest ethanol producing state at 560 million liters produced in 2015 against its rival’s 520 million liters. Combined, they produce about 61% of the country’s ethanol, followed by Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. Of UP’s 61 distilleries, 36 are co-located […]

Read More

Tamil Nadu protecting liquor tax base from ethanol competition

Tamil Nadu protecting liquor tax base from ethanol competition

January 5, 2016 |

In India, Tamil Nadu is working hard to protect its liquor industry that fills its coffers with tax revenue by ensuring that sugar mills are extremely limited in producing ethanol for transport. To achieve the mandated 5% ethanol blend, the state should have supplied 47 million liters but mills were only allowed to supply about […]

Read More