In South Africa, at least three project developers are looking to set up sugarcane-based ethanol around KwaZulu Natal. An unnamed investor will reportedly American and Brazilian interests is looking at 30,000ha of irrigated sugar cane around Makhatini, Ubuhle Renewable Energy is looking to develop a 50 million liter per year facility in Siqakatha, while Silvapen […]
In Australia, the Queensland University of Technology has teamed with eight high schools to get students into the lab to get them interested in science, and they’re doing it by involving them in experiments using sugarcane bagasse for second generation ethanol production. The university also now has permanent factory at the Racecourse sugar mill working […]
In India, the Sugarcane Breeding Institute has developed varieties of energy cane, including a high fiber and low sugar variety that can be used by existing sugarcane mills suitable for first generation ethanol and co-generation power, and an even higher fiber, high biomass variety suitable for cellulosic ethanol and co-gen.
In California, Ceres will evaluate a number of its biotech traits in sugarcane in South America. Plantings were recently completed and preliminary performance observations will be available by the end of the year. Ceres expects to receive sugar yield results in the second half of 2015 when the first growing cycle is completed. Sugarcane provides […]
In Zimbabwe, villagers have burned 14ha of sugarcane belonging to Green Fuel as retribution for allegedly encroaching on their land. The violence is thought to be fueled by criticism from four European NGOs recently pressuring the company’s founder to stop “victimizing” the villagers.
In Zimbabwe, the government may be trying to force families displaced by a dam project to work at an ethanol project owned by President Mugabe’s ruling party. Human Rights Watch reports that families have been threatened with losing food aid if they refuse to work on 2.2 acre plots connected to the ethanol plant’s sugar […]
In Tanzania, Agro EcoEnergy, a subsidiary of Swedish EcoEnergy Africa AB, has invested $550 million to develop a sugarcane plantation and facility to produce sugar, ethanol and electricity for the Tanzanian market. The project, set up as Bagamoyo EcoEnergy, is estimated to produce 10 million liters of ethanol and 130,000 tons of sugar every three […]
In Brazil, land values in sugarcane areas are on the rise despite the fact that the industry is suffering. Sao Martinho said Deloitte valued a 58,000ha farm in Sao Paulo in February 68% higher than the last valuation in December 2011. On average, land prices appearing to be increasing about 20% per year.
In South Africa, the national sugarcane association says it would cost about $1.88 million to upgrade a sugar mill to also produce ethanol. Illovo and TSB say they’re waiting for the government to announce subsidies—set for decision in the next three months—before deciding to invest in ethanol production. Merrill Lynch says TSB expects to upgrade […]
In South Africa, the country’s sugarcane growers association says that the government would need to subsidize investment in ethanol or else the industry wouldn’t be able to begin production. Domestic supply wouldn’t be jeopardized by ethanol production, but sugar exports would likely be reduced to compensate for diversion of cane juice.