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 […]
In India, the sugarcane crush is coming to an end in Maharashtra this month, putting mills in a difficult position now that oil marketing companies are looking to source 210 million liters of ethanol from mills in the state. More than 140 mills have already stopped crushing while just over a dozen are still operating […]
In India, sugarcane growers in Karnataka are demanding the government allow ethanol to be produced directly from sugarcane juice rather than only from molasses in an effort to reduce sugar production that will in turn boost prices. Farmers also want the government to buy bagasse co-generation electricity at the same price as is paid for […]
In Louisiana, BP announced it would shutter its Jennings advanced biofuel demo plant, laying off 56 employees. The company said in December that it hoped to sell the sugarcane bagasse-based plant by April but it hasn’t received any acceptable offers, choosing instead to mothball it.
In Germany, with the ever-increasing emissions standards and push for sustainability solutions, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies has developed an ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber compound from a polymer produced from sugarcane-based feedstock. The bio-renewable rubber, for which development began in 2012, is made from a polymer that is made via a process that begins with […]
In Zimbabwe, the national parliament is accusing Green Fuel of polluting local water supplies around its sugarcane mill and as such demanding the company compensate villagers. Though villagers say the effluent causes problems to their eyes and feet, the company says the discharge is vinasse which it uses for fertilizer irrigation on the plantation.
In Zimbabwe, the government has cut the ethanol blending mandate to 5% following a sugarcane shortage due to heavy rains. Earlier in the year the blend had been boosted to 15% from 10%. When the weather improves and ethanol production can resume again, the higher blend is likely to be restored.
In Brazil, sugarcane processing in the South Central Region fell 28.45% short of last year’s numbers, coming in at 23.12 million tons compared to 32.31 million last year. The crush fell only 1.24% from last year, to 538.38 million tons. The 2024/2015 season is said to be winding down than the previous growing season, especially […]
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 […]