Tag: sugarcane

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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Pilot plant pushes forward economic research on sugarcane waste to biofuels

Pilot plant pushes forward economic research on sugarcane waste to biofuels

February 17, 2019 |

In Australia, QUT researchers and Mercurius Australia have commenced work on a pilot plant to prove the economic viability of turning sugarcane waste into either biojet and biodiesel fuel or biochemicals. Their patented REACH technology, developed by U.S. parent company Mercurius Biorefining, has the potential to convert sugarcane bagasse and other biomass into cost effective […]

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MEGA MEG – Braskem and Haldor Topsoe’s monoethylene glycol from sugar is in operation

MEGA MEG – Braskem and Haldor Topsoe’s monoethylene glycol from sugar is in operation

February 10, 2019 |

It’s a big day for MEG. No, not Meg Ryan, though we are excited about her engagement with John Mellencamp. We are talking about monoethylene glycol which just got bigger with a new demo unit in operation. Brazil-based Braskem and Denmark-based Haldor Topsoe just commissioned their pioneering demonstration unit, located in Denmark, for the development of […]

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Brazilian researchers see beef and sugarcane ethanol reducing pressure on forests

Brazilian researchers see beef and sugarcane ethanol reducing pressure on forests

February 5, 2019 |

In Brazil, SciDev reports that researchers have determined that coproduction of sugarcane and beef cattle on the same land can allow expansion of ethanol production without the risk of deforestation. Byproducts from the ethanol production such as molasses, yeast and bagasse could be converted into animal feed, reducing the need for pasture for some of […]

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Sugarcane milling in Center-South Brazil reaches 556M tons

Sugarcane milling in Center-South Brazil reaches 556M tons

December 22, 2018 |

In Brazil, UNICA reports that sugarcane milling in the Center-South totaled 12.6 million tons in the first half of December. In the accumulated harvest of 2018/2019 until December 16, processing reached 556.85 million tons, down 4.10% over the same period of the previous cycle (580.68 million tons). In the first half of December, sugar production […]

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Zimbabwean villagers sue Green Fuel for alleged landgrabbing

Zimbabwean villagers sue Green Fuel for alleged landgrabbing

December 13, 2018 |

In Zimbabwe, villagers are suing Green Fuel claiming that the company is illegally occupying community lands and interfering with their crop production activities. Currently 138 families claim historical use of the land for growing cotton and subsistence corn, saying the company has started to till their land to plant sugarcane. In response, the villagers are […]

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Biosev sells Giasa mill to M&N for nearly $19M

Biosev sells Giasa mill to M&N for nearly $19M

November 11, 2018 |

In Brazil, Biosev, a sugar and ethanol company owned by Louis Dreyfus Company, agreed to sell the Giasa mill to M&N Participações S/A, the parent company of the Olho D’Água Group, for R$ 70 million, or about $18.7 million, making it one of the largest in the Brazilian sugar and ethanol industry. Biosev sold the […]

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