In Brazil, 58% of sugarcane harvested in the center-south region during the first half of June went towards ethanol production, and more than 61% during the crush so far, with the remainder going towards sugar. Despite the heavy focus on ethanol, production was down on the year due to 5% less cane being crushed during […]
In Brazil, sugarcane major San Martinho says that despite the industry focusing on ethanol production so far in the crush, it will turn its attention to sugar production. It’s crushing ratio will be 52% for sugar and 48% for ethanol of 19.5 million metric tons of sugarcane, compared to 49% for sugar and 51% for […]
In Brazil, Ceres says the company is pulling back from research into bioenergy crops due to low prices and a sinking domestic economy and will instead focus on sugarcane for food and feed. Unfavorable biofuels policies as well as delays in bringing to market second generation biofuel production technologies have helped to support the decision […]
In Brazil, UNICA is reporting that mills in Brazil’s South Central region processed 40.10 million tons of sugarcane during second-half May, representing a 5.53% increase from the 38.00 million tons crushed during the same period last year. From the start of the 2015/2016 season through end-May, the crush totaled 114.28 million tons, compared to 117.31 […]
In Argentina, the country’s energy ministry says oil marketing companies must pay $1 per liter for sugarcane-based ethanol in June, up 5% over May. Prices for corn ethanol also went up but only about 1%. Ethanol prices rises are capped at 5% per month in order to ease inflation impacts.
In California, researchers at the University of California’s Energy Biosciences Institute demonstrated that a sugarcane biorefinery could use natural synergies between various routes to produce a mixture of lubricant base oils and jet fuels that achieve net life-cycle greenhouse gas savings of up to 80%.
In India, drought may hit sugarcane production and therefore is expected to negatively impact ethanol production from molasses to the point that imports will be required this season. Concern about a poor monsoon was validated this week as weather forecasters predicted a monsoon only 88% of average which will lead to drought. Ethanol imports are […]
In Mozambique, Kuwait’s Al-Bader International Development Company plans to invest $1.5 billion in a mega sugarcane ethanol project in the Massingir district of Gaza state. The company also plans to invest $13 billion in a coal-to-liquid facility to support the country’s growing coal industry that is hampered by poor export infrastructure and a fall in […]
In Brazil, the Sugarcane Center of IAC (Agronomical Institute of Campinas) expects super cane to reach the market in the next three years, following six years of development and trials. The crop’s optimum may be two harvests ever 15 months rather than once every 12 months as sugarcane. Developing machinery to harvest the new crop […]
In South Africa, the sugarcane industry is pushing the Parliament to adopt ethanol and co-generation production as value added byproduct of sugarcane processing. For the industry to begin investing, a regulatory framework for both products needs to be in place. Currently mills export about 11MW to the grid but minimal investment would boost that to […]