In India, the government is implementing the policy framework to allow the use of E85 and ED95 ethanol blends. Rules for vehicles running on biogas are also being finalized following the trial of the Scania biogas bus in Nagpur. The country’s energy minister has become a significant proponent of renewable fuels since rising to office.
In India, the food ministry doesn’t want Oil Marketing Companies to negotiate prices for ethanol from sugar mills down below the floor price it set last year for the 2015/16 marketing year. Last month, excise duties on sugar was also waived, giving more money pull kilo into farmers’ pockets, but OMCs are trying to negotiate […]
In India, the sugarcane crush is coming to an end in Maharashtra this month, putting mills in a difficult position now that oil marketing companies are looking to source 210 million liters of ethanol from mills in the state. More than 140 mills have already stopped crushing while just over a dozen are still operating […]
In India, Godavari Biorefineries has raised more than $14 million to boost ethanol production from its current 70 million liters annually while also adding specialty chemical production capacity. Funds will also go towards R&D. The capital injection was sourced from PE fund Mandala Capital who were impressed by the company’s evolution from a traditional sugarcane […]
In India, sugarcane growers in Karnataka are demanding the government allow ethanol to be produced directly from sugarcane juice rather than only from molasses in an effort to reduce sugar production that will in turn boost prices. Farmers also want the government to buy bagasse co-generation electricity at the same price as is paid for […]
In India, Uttar Pradesh’s government is exploring the option to allow mills to produce ethanol straight from cane juice rather than just from molasses in an effort to help boost efficiency and reduce the financial burden on mills due to lower sugar production. Currently the state produces about 650 million liters of ethanol annually but […]
In India, Aemetis Inc. announced that Sanjeev Gupta, President of Aemetis International and Chairman of the Universal Biofuels subsidiary of Aemetis, has been appointed the Chairman and President of the newly formed Biodiesel Manufacturers Association (BEMA) in India. The BEMA group was launched as an eight-member association with a focus on expanding the biodiesel market […]
In India, Praj’s CEO expects the government to boost the ethanol blending mandate to 20% at some point in the future. About 4 billion liters of ethanol would be required to achieve that mandate. In an attempt to help boost sugar mills, the government approved a measure this week to drop excise tax on ethanol, […]
In India, a proposed new palm oil factory aims to use oil palm sludge to produce biodiesel. The facility should be online in about 10 months and in the second in the Apparaopeta region of Telangana state to be built, helping to support local oil palm growers.
In India, Indian Railways announced it wants to produce biodiesel for use in its trains using technology patented by the CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum. The technology breaks down plastic waste, so in essence is recycled diesel rather than biodiesel. About 850 liters of diesel can be produced from one metric ton of plastic waste.