Tag: India

India’s reinstatement of excise tax on biodiesel seen hitting OMCs hard

India’s reinstatement of excise tax on biodiesel seen hitting OMCs hard

April 24, 2017 |

In India, oil marketing companies are getting hit hard with a new 6% excise duty on biodiesel along with a slew of other taxes that they say will make the mandated biodiesel blending unviable. Biodiesel was excise duty-free for 10 years. The mandate’s implementation has been delayed to at least May 1 from the planned […]

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Indian entrepreneurs develop small-scale technology to revert plastics to fuel

Indian entrepreneurs develop small-scale technology to revert plastics to fuel

April 17, 2017 |

In India, an entrepreneurial pair have developed machines that return plastic to polyfuel that is later used for cooking, in generators and in tractors and is cheaper than fossil fuel. The methane, butane, and propane emitted during the production process is captured, cleaned and used to power the machines themselves. One machine processes 220 pounds […]

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ICGEB researchers identify fungal gene that produces key CBH1 enzyme for hydrolysis

ICGEB researchers identify fungal gene that produces key CBH1 enzyme for hydrolysis

April 12, 2017 |

In India, researchers at International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology have identified a gene in the P. funiculosum fungus that produces GH7 cellobiohydrolases (CBH1) to break down cellulose, similar to its cousin Trichoderma reesei commonly used in enzymatic hydrolysis for cellulosic ethanol production. The discovery is expected to help further develop processes that reduce […]

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Shell opens technology hub in Bangalore where IH2 technology is under development

Shell opens technology hub in Bangalore where IH2 technology is under development

April 11, 2017 |

In India, Shell opened a new major technology hub in Bangalore – a 52 acre, custom built technology center – that can house up to 1,500 experts, who would collaboratively work on worldwide innovative energy projects. Commenting on the opening of Shell Technology Centre Bangalore, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan said “India has an opportunity to make […]

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Indian drought hitting ethanol mandate hard with lack of supplies

Indian drought hitting ethanol mandate hard with lack of supplies

April 11, 2017 |

In India, the drought has hit sugarcane production, and therefore ethanol production, very hard with some states like Maharashtra seeing production fall by more than half. As a result, achieving the E10 blending mandate seems even further away. The October tender held to supply ethanol to achieve the mandate saw only 780 million liters offered […]

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Karnataka caught short on biodiesel but solutions are on the way

Karnataka caught short on biodiesel but solutions are on the way

April 10, 2017 |

In India, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation is expected to finalize in the next few days a new biodiesel supply contract after its previous supplier stopped deliveries in December, leaving the company’s 26 B100 and 1,500 B20 buses in the lurch. The fleet requires 8.5 million liters of biodiesel annually that is supplied from […]

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Indian Railroads slow to implement B5 due to fuel price fluctuations

Indian Railroads slow to implement B5 due to fuel price fluctuations

April 4, 2017 |

In India, despite the country’s railway company’s goal to blend 5% biodiesel in its fuel supply, fluctuating prices have kept the fuel from being made available at 252 of the 300 Railway Consumer Depots. As many as 80 depots are targeted for introducing the blend this year but there are calls to speed up the […]

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Indian Oil seeking Haryana land to build 2G ethanol plant

Indian Oil seeking Haryana land to build 2G ethanol plant

March 30, 2017 |

In India, the Indian Oil Company is seeking 50 acres from the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation to build its planned second-generation ethanol plant near to its oil refinery currently located in Panipat. The facility is one of three to be designed by Praj for the company using agricultural waste as feedstock. The […]

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Biofuels: ethanol’s growth is spelled I-N-D-I-A

Biofuels: ethanol’s growth is spelled I-N-D-I-A

March 30, 2017 |

When USDA forecasts of corn ethanol exports to China dropped below 80 million gallons from 225 million last year — and Green Plains CEO Todd Becker issued a “zero exports expected” addendum to his 2017 outlook for the ethanol giant — informed sources began describing 2017 as a ethanol year in search of a market […]

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Indian cabinet gives up on jatropha JVs once and for all

Indian cabinet gives up on jatropha JVs once and for all

March 23, 2017 |

In India, the cabinet has approved the closure of the two joint ventures set up in 2008 and 2009 with HPCL and Indian Oil with the Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency to develop and commercialize jatropha-based biodiesel. The agency had provided waste land to grow the jatropha on but the resulting crops had results that […]

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