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 […]
In Argentina, ethanol producers are reporting tighter margins following the government’s move to cap corn ethanol prices at 71 cents per liter and sugarcane ethanol slightly higher, which is roughly 37% lower than during the same period last year. The same law that passed allowing higher ethanol blends of up to 10% by December also […]
In South Africa, at least three project developers are looking to set up sugarcane-based ethanol around KwaZulu Natal. An unnamed investor will reportedly American and Brazilian interests is looking at 30,000ha of irrigated sugar cane around Makhatini, Ubuhle Renewable Energy is looking to develop a 50 million liter per year facility in Siqakatha, while Silvapen […]
In Australia, the Queensland University of Technology has teamed with eight high schools to get students into the lab to get them interested in science, and they’re doing it by involving them in experiments using sugarcane bagasse for second generation ethanol production. The university also now has permanent factory at the Racecourse sugar mill working […]
In India, the Sugarcane Breeding Institute has developed varieties of energy cane, including a high fiber and low sugar variety that can be used by existing sugarcane mills suitable for first generation ethanol and co-generation power, and an even higher fiber, high biomass variety suitable for cellulosic ethanol and co-gen.
In California, Ceres will evaluate a number of its biotech traits in sugarcane in South America. Plantings were recently completed and preliminary performance observations will be available by the end of the year. Ceres expects to receive sugar yield results in the second half of 2015 when the first growing cycle is completed. Sugarcane provides […]
In Zimbabwe, villagers have burned 14ha of sugarcane belonging to Green Fuel as retribution for allegedly encroaching on their land. The violence is thought to be fueled by criticism from four European NGOs recently pressuring the company’s founder to stop “victimizing” the villagers.