Tag: kenya

Kenya’s GreenChar producing smokeless briquettes from cane waste

Kenya’s GreenChar producing smokeless briquettes from cane waste

October 7, 2014 |

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 […]

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Jatropha around the world: As SGB raises $11M, here’s a 13-country tour of development activity

Jatropha around the world: As SGB raises $11M, here’s a 13-country tour of development activity

September 11, 2014 |

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 […]

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ICRAF study shows jatropha isn’t viable for Kenya

ICRAF study shows jatropha isn’t viable for Kenya

April 15, 2014 |

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 […]

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Kenya Sugar Board requires new mills to produce ethanol and electricity

Kenya Sugar Board requires new mills to produce ethanol and electricity

August 7, 2013 |

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 […]

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Bedford Biofuels pulls out of Kenyan biofuels project

Bedford Biofuels pulls out of Kenyan biofuels project

June 24, 2013 |

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 […]

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Kenyan ethanol company to import molasses from Uganda and Tanzania

Kenyan ethanol company to import molasses from Uganda and Tanzania

February 5, 2013 |

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.

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Kenya’s Kibos Sugar to invest in ethanol production and co-gen

Kenya’s Kibos Sugar to invest in ethanol production and co-gen

December 18, 2012 |

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.

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Bedford Biofuels may abort Kenyan jatropha project

Bedford Biofuels may abort Kenyan jatropha project

December 3, 2012 |

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 […]

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Karan Biofuels sells 313,000 CERs from biomass briquettes to Standard Bank.

Karan Biofuels sells 313,000 CERs from biomass briquettes to Standard Bank.

July 11, 2012 |

In Kenya, Karan Biofuels has sold 313,000 CERs to Standard Bank of Kenya following validation from the UNFCCC for its biomass briquettes production and supply in Kisumu. Over the next 10 years, the company expects to earn $1.8 million through the sale of the CERs that will help it with its international expansion plans.

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Brazil’s BNDES loans $80M to Kenya to mechanize agriculture; in talks for larger-scale energy loans

Brazil’s BNDES loans $80M to Kenya to mechanize agriculture; in talks for larger-scale energy loans

June 26, 2012 |

In Kenya, the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES) extended an $80 million (Sh6.7 billion) soft loan to the government to assist in the mechanization of agriculture and $150 million (Sh12.6 billion) for the construction of link roads and interchanges to decongest the capital city of Nairobi. During talks with the president of the development bank, […]

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