In Kenya, Mumias sugar intends to procure molasses and bagasse from rivals in order to boost ethanol and electricity production, following in the footsteps of Spectre International who produces ethanol using a similar model. Factory maintenance and 54% lower cane supplies cut ethanol revenues by 25% during the last reporting period.
In Kenya, as the first African Sustainable Transport Forum gets under way in Nairobi, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) called on forum attendees to adopt biofuels friendly policies and regulations that would kick-start the increased use of sustainable biofuels in Africa’s transport sector. While biofuel production in Africa has remained relatively low when compared […]
In Kenya, GreenChar is producing smokeless briquettes for cooking from sugarcane waste, cassava peelings and other agri waste. The company is co-located with a sugar mill, giving it direct access to its primary feedstock and also pay farmers $5 per ton for their agri waste. It is currently fundraising on Indiegogo for $20,000 to expand […]
The 2000s-era wonder crop went quiet as “plant anything, anywhere” gave way to the “develop genetics, boost yield” movement, led by SGB. Today, SGB moves forward again with new financing. In California, SGB announced an $11 million Series C financing to drive commercial rollout, after reducing the time to maturity from 5 years to 1-2 […]
In Kenya, a study from ICRAF shows that jatropha isn’t a viable crop for the country because there is no market for the seeds, the values and yields are low, farmers don’t know how to grow it well and its early reputation as a miracle crop has destroyed most of the farmer appetite for the […]
In Kenya, the national Sugar Board has launched a new policy that would require new sugar mills seeking operating licenses to include ethanol and electricity production in their operations. The new policy will have a 24-month grace period, but after that all new mill applications must comply. The move is meant to ensure that mills […]
In Kenya, Bedford Biofuels has fully pulled out of its Tana River Delta project, which attempted to convert up to 600 square miles into jatropha farmland in a humantiarian project that would have brought foreign business to a particularly poor, rural part of the country. Local resistance prevented the project from taking off, as ethnic […]
In Kenya, Spectre International has resumed ethanol production thanks to molasses imports from Uganda and Tanzania. Mumias Sugar, who had been a major supplier of molasses to the facility—representing about 60% of the company’s feedstock—has launched its own distillery, reducing available supplies.
In Kenya, Kibos Sugar is investing $55.7 million in 10 million liters of annual ethanol production as well as co-generation and paper production capacity. The ethanol supply will be exported to regional COMESA countries, similar to other major ethanol producers in the country.
In Canada, Bedford Biofuels is considering aborting their Kenyan jatropha plan to cultivate 60,000 hectares of the crop after four years of failures have left the leased land completely undeveloped. Bedford cites the poor economic climate as the reason the project has been largely unable to accrue investment. While the project aims at eventually constructing […]