Tag: sugarcane

Five parties looking to buy two Abengoa Bioenergia Brasil sugarcane mills

Five parties looking to buy two Abengoa Bioenergia Brasil sugarcane mills

January 29, 2018 |

In Brazil, two investment funds, two players already in the sugarcane sector and BP’s local counterpart are in various phases of discussions with Abengoa Bioenergia Brasil to buy its Usina São Luiz and Usina São João. If sold, the two could pay off as much as 65% of the $354 million in debt currently being […]

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Engineered sugarcane, lipidcane, shows promise for U.S. biojet fuel

Engineered sugarcane, lipidcane, shows promise for U.S. biojet fuel

December 31, 2017 |

In Illinois, researchers from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are engineering sugarcane plants, called lipidcane, to produce more oil as well as sugar. Growing lipidcane containing 20 percent oil would be five times more profitable per acre than soybeans, the main feedstock currently used to make biodiesel in the United States, and twice as profitable […]

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GOOOAAAAL!!! ARLANXEO scores a goal with biobased soccer ball for 2018 World Cup

GOOOAAAAL!!! ARLANXEO scores a goal with biobased soccer ball for 2018 World Cup

December 1, 2017 |

In the Netherlands, ARLANXEO is scoring big goals with its new Keltan Eco soccer ball that will be used as the official match ball for the soccer 2018 World Cup. The rubber layer in the adidas soccer ball is made from bio-based EPDM rubber. The rubber is made with bio-based ethylene extracted from sugarcane – […]

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Rockin’ the cassava: The Shareef don’t like it but Nigeria does

Rockin’ the cassava: The Shareef don’t like it but Nigeria does

November 26, 2017 |

In Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kebbi State Government to build an 84 million litres per annum capacity fuel-ethanol project. The Sugarcane and Cassava-Fuel Ethanol Project in Kebbi State would involve the development of 20,000 hectares of an integrated plantation and plant complex. The backstory With about […]

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Brazil flex mills running both cane and corn for year-round production

Brazil flex mills running both cane and corn for year-round production

November 19, 2017 |

In Brazil, ethanol producers in the central cane belt region are using corn to fill in the production gap when cane is not in harvest for biofuel. Most Brazilian ethanol producers in the area have an idle period for three months when there is no cane harvesting, but six plants are currently operating during those […]

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Brazilian researcher given award for improving GHG emissions of sugarcane production

Brazilian researcher given award for improving GHG emissions of sugarcane production

November 15, 2017 |

In Brazil, the director of the Center for Research and Development of Soils and Environmental Resources at the Agronomic Institute of Campinas has been awarded the Norman Borlaug Award on World Fertilizer Day by the International Fertilizers Association for developing a method of sugarcane cultivation that reduces GHG emissions. The method integrates urease inhibitors that […]

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Cosan could move more cane production to biofuels than sugar

Cosan could move more cane production to biofuels than sugar

August 12, 2017 |

In Brazil, Cosan SA Indústria e Comércio expects ethanol sales to yield better returns than sugar across some Brazilian states, and say they could adjust the amount of sugar and ethanol produced if biofuel prices improve and sugar prices continue to decline. Raízen Energia, a 50-50 joint venture between Cosan and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, […]

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Queensland to sponsor feasibility study for use of blue agave as intercrop ethanol feedstock

Queensland to sponsor feasibility study for use of blue agave as intercrop ethanol feedstock

July 10, 2017 |

In Australia, the state government is seeking to fast track a A$60 million biorefinery in Far North Queensland that will convert sugarcane into 55 million liters of ethanol per year as well as 110,000 metric tons of sugar through the funding of the project’s feasibility study as part of the Biofutures Acceleration Program. The planned facility […]

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A&B reveals pongamia scale-up plans for former cane plantations

A&B reveals pongamia scale-up plans for former cane plantations

April 10, 2017 |

In Hawaii, Alexander&Baldwin is looking to team up with California-based TerViva to scale up the company’s small-scale pongamia trials on the island to a demonstration-scale project with 250 acres of former sugarcane plantation. If the initial demo goes well, the project could be scaled up further to 2,000 acres with the oil used for biofuel […]

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University of Illinois researchers demo GM sugarcane can produce oil for biodiesel in leaves and stems

University of Illinois researchers demo GM sugarcane can produce oil for biodiesel in leaves and stems

April 4, 2017 |

In Illinois, a multi-institutional team led by the University of Illinois have proven sugarcane can be genetically engineered to produce oil in its leaves and stems for biodiesel production. Surprisingly, the modified sugarcane plants also produced more sugar, which could be used for ethanol production. The dual-purpose bioenergy crops are predicted to be more than […]

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