Tag: India

Mercedes denies telling India its vehicles could run on B100

Mercedes denies telling India its vehicles could run on B100

July 19, 2016 |

In India, the Mercedes MD for the country says he never told the transportation minister that the company’s vehicles would be able to run on 100% biodiesel despite the minister saying he was told directly the cars and trucks would be able to run on the biodiesel spec being prepared by the ministry. The MD […]

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India’s ethanol blending mandate opens import window to supply chemical demand

India’s ethanol blending mandate opens import window to supply chemical demand

July 18, 2016 |

In India, Platts expects the country to be a growing import destination for US-produced ethanol as more of the domestic production is diverted towards the ever-higher blending mandate, leaving a gap for chemical industries to fill with imports. Compared to less than less than 62,000 cu m imported during 2013/14, the USDA is estimating imports […]

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Oil marketing companies seek 20 million liters of biodiesel to test blending options

Oil marketing companies seek 20 million liters of biodiesel to test blending options

July 12, 2016 |

In India, oil marketing companies have floated a tender to buy 20 million liters of biodiesel, mostly from Andhra Pradesh but also from Gujarat and Tamil Nadu between July and September, in an effort to start blending. No blending mandate has yet been set but a goal of 20% blending by 2017 has been identified. […]

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USDA sees India far from ethanol blending goals at just 2% by 2017

USDA sees India far from ethanol blending goals at just 2% by 2017

July 5, 2016 |

In India, the USDA believes the country will only manage to blend 2% ethanol in 2017, up only slightly from the 1.9% it expects will be blended this year, a far cry from the country’s blending mandate of 10%. As of mid-May, the Foreign Agriculture Service says 509,000 cu m of ethanol had been lifted […]

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India aiming for E22.5 and B15 with new non-conventional feedstocks policy

India aiming for E22.5 and B15 with new non-conventional feedstocks policy

July 5, 2016 |

In India, the government is preparing to release its new policy to support biofuel production from non-conventional feedstocks in an effort to boost ethanol blending above 22% and biodiesel to 15%.  Anticipated feedstocks include bamboo, rice straw, wheat straw and cotton straw whereas ethanol is currently produced from molasses. Already the government announced in December […]

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Bihar distillery switches over to ethanol production following alcohol ban

Bihar distillery switches over to ethanol production following alcohol ban

June 27, 2016 |

In India, just 10 weeks after alcohol was banned in Bihar, already Sati Organics Private Limited has shifted to ethanol production from potable alcohol, keeping its 250 employees on board. Though the distillery’s alcohol production capacity is much higher, it will begin with about 120,000 liters of ethanol production. Sugar mills have had a difficult […]

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Indian sugar mills won’t reach E10 despite government push

Indian sugar mills won’t reach E10 despite government push

June 23, 2016 |

In India, sugar mills still are having difficulties supplying sufficient ethanol to oil marketing companies to comply with the E10 blending mandate despite several policies to facilitate ethanol production, availability and trade. For last year’s E5 blend, mills supplied enough ethanol for about E3 but couldn’t reach E5, at just 680 million liters. Though mills […]

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Indian researchers develop smaller-scale UCO biodiesel units

Indian researchers develop smaller-scale UCO biodiesel units

June 16, 2016 |

In India, student researchers at IIT Delhi have developed a small-scale UCO biodiesel unit that will allow individual UCO producers like hotels and eventually households to produce their own fuel affordably. The transesterification time for the batch process system is only about an hour, and can be adapted for using oilseed feedstocks rather than just […]

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Karnataka public transport may team with biodiesel producer for in-state supplies

Karnataka public transport may team with biodiesel producer for in-state supplies

June 8, 2016 |

In India, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation may team with Advait Bio Fuel to produce biodiesel that would supply the state agency with the fuel needed for its growing biofuel-powered bus fleet. Currently it sources more than 4 million liters per month from the company 800km away, adding to the cost, but they are looking […]

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Karnataka to run 1,700 public buses on B20 with eye on total fleet conversion

Karnataka to run 1,700 public buses on B20 with eye on total fleet conversion

May 31, 2016 |

In India, Karnataka’s public transport system will have 1,700 buses running on B20 as of June 5 following a successful trial last year running 10 buses on the blend. A biodiesel company in Telangana will supply the company 4.1 million liters of fuel for the buses. In the future, the bus company plans to run […]

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