Tag: sugarcane

BNDES approves $23 million for sugarcane-based biogas project

BNDES approves $23 million for sugarcane-based biogas project

January 14, 2020 |

In Brazil, Renewables Now reports that BNDES has approved a $23 million loan for a biogas project collocated at a sugar mill owned by Cocal Energia. The project will use sugarcane straw, filter cake and vinasse to produce 33 million cubic meters per year of biogas, half of which will be used for 40,000 MWh […]

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India looking to reactivate cane land to boost feedstock supply for ethanol production

India looking to reactivate cane land to boost feedstock supply for ethanol production

September 23, 2019 |

In India, the Press Trust of India reports that the government plans to use lands attached to mothballed sugarcane mills to grow more cane as feedstock for expanding ethanol production. The national transportation minister says the ethanol industry has the capacity to grow four-fold to more than $14 billion. He said the government has already […]

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Major Brazilian cane groups investing in additional ethanol production capacity

Major Brazilian cane groups investing in additional ethanol production capacity

September 19, 2019 |

In Brazil, UNICA told Reuters that several large sugarcane milling groups are expanding ethanol production which would see an even smaller share of cane go towards sugar production. Last year, about 65% of cane went to ethanol production while this season it is likely closer to 75%. The new RenovaBio policy that focuses on achieving […]

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Braskem teams with Ledesma on notebooks produced entirely from sugarcane

Braskem teams with Ledesma on notebooks produced entirely from sugarcane

August 14, 2019 |

In Brazil, Braskem and Ledesma have created Ledesma +Bio, a line of 100% sustainable notebooks made entirely from sugarcane. An innovation in the industry, the cover and back cover of the notebooks are made from bioplastics derived from I’m greenTM polyethylene. Meanwhile, the paper of the notebooks is made from sugarcane bagasse and has a […]

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Harsh frosts hit Brazilian cane areas but extent of damage not yet known

Harsh frosts hit Brazilian cane areas but extent of damage not yet known

July 9, 2019 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that harsh frosts over the weekend have hit sugarcane growing areas across the country, with Sao Martinho reporting as much as 12,000 hectares of its cane plantations have been impacted. The company said it expects impacts to be minor, however it is still evaluating. Mills across the country are surveying impacted […]

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Sugar mills diversifying to biofuel because of sugar tax, low prices

Sugar mills diversifying to biofuel because of sugar tax, low prices

June 30, 2019 |

In South Africa, the Gledhow sugar mill used to produce just sugarcane products like refined sugar, but is diversifying into biofuel now that the South African government has been more supportive of biofuel from sugarcane. Since the government’s new sugar tax a year ago, there has been a surplus of sugarcane in South Africa that […]

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Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices hit record high as rains hamper cane crush

Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices hit record high as rains hamper cane crush

April 16, 2019 |

In Brazil, Platts reports that rains in the main center-south sugarcane growing areas have created a tight supply situation for ethanol, pushing hydrous ethanol prices 18% higher during the first 11 days in April to $604.21 per cubic meter, a record high. One trader told Platts that he couldn’t source either hydrous or anhydrous for […]

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Brazilian researchers studying where biomass and sucrose accumulate in sugarcane

Brazilian researchers studying where biomass and sucrose accumulate in sugarcane

April 3, 2019 |

In Brazil, researchers at the University of São Paulo’s Bioscience Institute have focused on studying the genes involved in sugarcane root cell separation with the aim of developing transgenic varieties of sugarcane in which the process occurs in other parts of the plant, such as the stem, where biomass and sucrose accumulate. The cell walls […]

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Brazilian sugarcane crush could kick off slowly due to ethanol stockpiles

Brazilian sugarcane crush could kick off slowly due to ethanol stockpiles

March 26, 2019 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that the 2019/20 sugarcane crush is getting off to a slow start partly due to large ethanol inventories with just 27 mills crushing during the first half of March compared to 50 mills during the same period last year. Slow development of cane is also keeping mills from jumping into the […]

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Brazil’s GranBio Acquires USA’s American Process

Brazil’s GranBio Acquires USA’s American Process

March 17, 2019 |

Acquisitions are often big news but the latest announcement of Brazil-based GranBio’s acquisition of Georgia-based American Process Inc. is particularly fascinating. The acquisition of American Process Inc’s technologies, intellectual property portfolio and physical assets strengthens GranBio’s market position in the deployment of highly competitive industrial processes for conversion of biomass to renewable fuels, chemicals, and […]

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