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.
In Australia, a $2 billion irrigation project in the northern part of the country for sugarcane, including ethanol and an abattoir, is taking heat because the original plan to take 550 megaliters of water per year from the Gilbert River catchment could actually be double that, or 20% of the water’s flow. The project developers […]
In Brazil, Raizen expects national sugarcane production to fall 10% this year due to the impact of a severe drought during the inter-harvest season. The company itself expects to be on target with a crush starting in April and processing up to 62 million metric tons. The drought has pushed back expansion plans to crush […]
In California, Brazilian sugarcane producers applaud the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for once again declaring that sugarcane ethanol is one of the most environmentally friendly biofuels supplying today’s market. Research unveiled on Tuesday in CARB’s staff proposal to strengthen the State of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) provides new compelling evidence of the […]
In Michigan, a multi-institutional team reports that it can increase sugarcane’s geographic range, boost its photosynthetic rate by 30 percent and turn it into an oil-producing crop for biodiesel production. Working first with the laboratory-friendly plant Arabidopsis and later with sugarcane, the team introduced genes that boost natural oil production in the plant. They increased […]
In Spain, bioenergy consultant Alkol has signed an agreement for developing a new hybrid sugarcane with UPM- Universidad Poltécnica de Madrid. Because many of Europe’s biomass sources are not competitive in global markets, this project is hoping to create a new sugarcane with more fiber, that is resistant to lack of water, and that will […]
In Australia, researchers at the University of Queensland have discovered a bacterium that helps sugarcane to improve its yields without increasing the use of fertilizers. This bacterium, Burkholderia australis, promotes plant growth through nitrogen fixation. The researchers are sequencing the genome of the batermium to confirm its ability to turn nitrogen into plant nutrients.
In Brazil, another 20 sugarcane mills are expected to shut down in the next few years, following in the footsteps of the more than 50 that have been shuttered since 2007, even though the government agreed to boost gasoline prices by 4%. The move to reduce subsidies on gasoline isn’t expected to be enough to […]
In California, the California Ethanol + Power sugarcane and sweet sorghum project planned for the Imperial Valley may at last start breaking ground on its ethanol distillery during the first quarter of 2014. As of last week, all of the building permits are in place. The UK’s Booker Tate has analyzed the spot, saying it’s […]
In Australia, Swiss-based Capital Dynamics has bought two co-generation facilities from sugarcane mills for an undisclosed amount, though NSW Sugar Milling Cooperative is said to have invested $220 million to build them. The cogeneration arm of the mill went into receivership in 2011, so it’s expected that the investors paid less than the build cost.