Tag: India

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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Southern Online Bio Technologies signs MOU for two turnkey biodiesel plants

Southern Online Bio Technologies signs MOU for two turnkey biodiesel plants

March 6, 2017 |

In India, Southern Online Bio Technologies has signed an MOU with Union Enterprises for the supply, operation, production, maintenance & sale of biodiesel at Vizag and Nalgonda plants on turnkey basis. SOBT provides UCO biodiesel for Indian Railways as well as trades UCO and currently owns two biodiesel plants, one located in Telangana State with […]

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Indian biodiesel industry worried as expiry of excise tax exemption nears

Indian biodiesel industry worried as expiry of excise tax exemption nears

February 28, 2017 |

In India, while the biodiesel industry waits for the renewable energy ministry to develop a policy that would promote biodiesel rather than the 2009 law that doesn’t provide sufficient price support, it must instead return every year to the finance ministry in hopes of getting the excise tax exemption renewed. It runs out on March […]

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Indians 2G biofuel policy to promote flex-fuel cars as well

Indians 2G biofuel policy to promote flex-fuel cars as well

February 27, 2017 |

In India, the much talked about biofuel policy that would promote second-generation biofuels from crop waste in hopes of reaching 22.5% ethanol blending will also encourage automobile companies like Toyota to commercialize their flex-fuel vehicles in the country, the road transport minister revealed. The plan aims to increase farm production by 2.5 times that will […]

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IIT-Kharagpur researchers develop methodology for cellulose-hemicellulose dual process

IIT-Kharagpur researchers develop methodology for cellulose-hemicellulose dual process

February 20, 2017 |

In India, IIT-Kharagpur researchers have developed a process that results in four-fold increase in the yield of fermentable sugars and bioethanol from hemicelluloses, allowing feedstocks like grasses and lake hyacinth to finally become viable feedstocks. Lake hyacinth is 50% hemicellulose, for example, so a kilo of dry feedstock can now produce 0.18-0.29kg of ethanol. Research […]

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Praj’s Q3 steady with an eye on cellulosic plants with IOC

Praj’s Q3 steady with an eye on cellulosic plants with IOC

February 15, 2017 |

In India, Praj Industries’ financial results for Q3 were steady on the year with income at $34.8 million, with a backlog of project orders as of the December 31 of $162 million, with about 40% international orders and the remainder domestic. The two cellulosic ethanol plants announced last year with Indian Oil Corp in Haryana […]

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Chempolis signs term sheet with NRL for Indian biorefinery

Chempolis signs term sheet with NRL for Indian biorefinery

February 13, 2017 |

In India, Chempolis has signed a term sheet with Numaligarh Refinery Limited for a joint venture in the construction of the country’s first biorefinery that will produce ethanol, furfural and acetic acid from bamboo and other non-food feedstocks. The Assam-based facility will produce 49,000 metric tons of ethanol annually, a project that was first announced back in […]

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India takes US to WTO over renewable energy subsidies including ethanol

India takes US to WTO over renewable energy subsidies including ethanol

February 6, 2017 |

In Switzerland, India has filed a complaint against the United States at the World Trade Organization complaining of tens of billions of dollars in illegal subsidies for the renewable energy industries in in Washington, California, Montana, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Michigan, Delaware and Minnesota. Included in the list is Montana’s policy promoting the use of ethanol. The […]

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Indian biodiesel industry calls for implementation of blending and tax cuts

Indian biodiesel industry calls for implementation of blending and tax cuts

January 24, 2017 |

In India, the national biodiesel industry is calling on the government to implement its proposed biofuels policy including the lifting of taxation on biodiesel that currently makes the fuel uncompetitive against high sulfur diesel. The national association says that eliminating such taxes could see biodiesel production soar to 1 billion liters per year in the […]

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Drought to keep India from reaching E5 blending mandate

Drought to keep India from reaching E5 blending mandate

January 18, 2017 |

In India, drought impacts in major sugarcane areas such as Maharashtra will reduce ethanol production this year due to a lack of molasses for feedstock, making it unlikely that the country will achieve its blending mandate yet again. For the past four years since the E5 policy was implemented, oil marketing companies have failed to […]

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