Tag: India

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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Indian sugar mills want ethanol market supports back in place

Indian sugar mills want ethanol market supports back in place

January 4, 2017 |

In India, sugar mills are demand the government reinstate the excise duty waiver for ethanol as well as a return to the ethanol prices set last year as part of a wider support package to help bail out the industry. The national sugar millers association says resetting the ethanol policies would help encourage mills to […]

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India’s Karnataka state targets biodiesel buses in “Made in India” effort

India’s Karnataka state targets biodiesel buses in “Made in India” effort

December 31, 2016 |

In India, the India Times is reporting that the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has deployed 25 Scania buses that run completely on biodiesel, in following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ project. “The state road transport organization began trials last year with 10 buses run on 20% biofuel and 80 per cent petrodiesel,” […]

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Foundation stone laid for India’s first 2G ethanol plant

Foundation stone laid for India’s first 2G ethanol plant

December 27, 2016 |

In India, the first foundation stone was laid for the country’s first cellulosic ethanol plant on Christmas day in the village of Tarkhanwala in Punjab. Hindustan Petroleum Company Ltd. is investing $88 million in the 32 million liter per year facility, potentially enough to supply the 26% blending mandate for the state of Punjab. Using […]

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Karnataka inaugurates 25 Scania biodiesel buses in shift to B100

Karnataka inaugurates 25 Scania biodiesel buses in shift to B100

December 27, 2016 |

In India, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation have inaugurated 25 Scania buses that will run on 20% biodiesel in an effort to promote the use of locally-produced fuel in line with the country’s Make in India push. The buses can run on B100 but the transition to B100 will take place over time as […]

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