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Ethanol Plants to Be Set up at Kawardha, Pandaria, Balod and Ambikapur

(The Pioneer) The state cabinet in a meeting on Tuesday gave nod for establishing ethanol plants at cooperative sugar mills of Kawardha, Pandaria, Balod and Ambikapur. The plants will be set up under a public-private-partnership mode, an official sources said.  READ MORE Chhattisgarh state cabinet OKs ethanol plants co-located at four coop

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Driving Demand in 2020 and Beyond

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Driving new demand is at the heart of our work, and we envision a future where markets are open, E15 (not E10) is the floor for domestic growth, consumer confidence in ethanol soars to new heights, and policymakers globally lean in on

March 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Sharing Ethanol’s Message in India

(U.S. Grains Council/Farm Progress)  U.S. Grains Council attends India’s Auto Expo, works with India to dispel myths about ethanol use.  — Amid India’s Auto Expo, the U.S. Grains Council and U.S. industry partners invited attendees to learn about the economic, environmental and health benefits of increased ethanol use. The show is

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

CM Discusses Bio-Fuel Production from U-mangra

(The Sanghai Express)  Chief Minister N Biren Singh chaired the first general body meeting of Manipur State Biofuel Board at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat today. … The meeting thoroughly discussed the potential benefits of processing cassava (locally known as U-mangra) into biofuel i.e. ethanol production. The Chief Minister instructed officials to

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Government Plans to Double Ethanol Output, Increase Blending to Cut Oil Imports

by Rituraj Tiwari (Economic Times) The enhanced capacity will help meet the government’s target of 10% ethanol blending by 2022. This is likely to reduce the country’s oil imports by 2 million tonnes annually and reduce the oil import bill by Rs 7,000 crore. —  The government is planning to more

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

How Asia’s Smartest Businessman Plans To Power A Clean Planet With Synthetic Biology

by John Cumbers (Forbes)  … At the head of Reliance is Mukesh Ambani. As chairman, managing director, and largest shareholder of Reliance, he’s the richest man in Asia, with a reputation as a shrewd investor. He is also a self-described “big believer that technology is the biggest driver of human

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech, Honored with the William C. Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We are very honored at The Digest each year to select the William C. Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Bioeconomy, and to make the award presentation at ABLC. Especially this year when our honoree is Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech. If you’ve heard

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Democrats Debate Climate Change Issues in Las Vegas — Finally

(Our Daily Planet) At the Democratic Debate in Las Vegas last night, the moderators asked a series of questions on climate change and environmental issues, and the candidates had a chance to both explain their plans and to talk about their priorities.  All of them were steeped in detail and spoke

February 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Fortum India to Make Valuable Products from Agro-Waste, Delhi to Get Clean Air: Faizur Rehman

(DevDiscourse) Paddy residue burning has been a major cause of air pollution in Delhi but now some companies are coming up with innovative solutions. Fortum India which is constructing a refinery in Assam for making Ethanol from bamboo is also planning to set up an agro-waste refinery in Haryana or

February 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Minister Wants Bio-Ethanol Plant Expedited

(The Tribune)  After the matter was highlighted in The Tribune a few days back, Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal today requested Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to intervene and ask the Punjab Government to expedite the process of additional land acquisition for the proposed bio-ethanol

February 14, 2020 Read Full Article

TATA Projects Wins Order for Bioethanol Plant in India

(Biofuels International)  Indian infrastructure company TATA Projects has received an order from Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) for its second-generation bioethanol project in Bargarh, Odisha, India. Proposed production capacity for the ethanol plant is 100,000 litres per day; the project is of considerable national significance, since the Indian Government is

February 14, 2020 Read Full Article

The World Is Running Short of Sugar and Top Buyer Wants More

by Yoga Rusmana and Eko Listiyorini  (Bloomberg)  Just as the world’s top sugar traders forecast a global shortage of the commodity, No. 1 raw-sugar importer Indonesia says it wants a record amount of the sweet stuff. … Global sugar prices have surged about 12 per cent this year for the

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

CM Writes to PM Seeking Approval for Bio-ethanol Plant

(Daily Pioneer)  Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Monday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking approval for establishment of rice based bio-ethanol plant in the state.  Notable, an application of the state is at present pending before the Union Ministry for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in this regard. Citing

February 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Oberon Fuels, SHV Energy Partner up to Accelerate Renewable DME: Is This Tech a Carbon Removal Machine of Great Importance?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In California, Oberon Fuels and SHV Energy are partnering to accelerate the use of renewable DME to reduce the carbon footprint of transportation fuel.  For Oberon’s path to scale, the partnership will include funding to augment a recent $2.9M grant from the California Energy Commission

February 11, 2020 Read Full Article

UNICA Highlights Importance of Ethanol to Check Air Pollution

(New Kerala) The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) on Thursday announced the launch of #BringBackMyBlueSky campaign to highlight the benefits of ethanol in India.  The campaign was unveiled at the Auto Expo 2020 in Greater Noida. As part of this launch, an engaging display screen has been setup that will allow

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Using 10 pc Biofuel for First Time, IAF”s AN-32 Aircraft Conducts Flight Ops at Leh

(Outlook India/PTI)  In a first, an IAF AN-32 aircraft powered with 10 per cent blend of Indian bio-fuel conducted flight operations at one of the highest airports in the world in Leh”s Kushok, according to an official statement. Bio-jet fuel is produced from non-edible “tree borne oils”, grown and procured

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

The Versatile Ethanol Molecule: Ethylene, with a Similar Molecular Structure to that of Ethanol, Has Enormous Market Opportunity around the World.

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Knock a water molecule off ethanol and you’ll get ethylene, C2H4—the most widely produced organic chemical globally that is the basis for scores of other chemicals and hundreds (maybe thousands) of products, from antifreeze and surfactants to synthetic fibers, plastics and packaging. Global

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Utt’khand Co-op Sugar Mills to Set up Ethanol Plant

by Rohit Gupta (Indian Cooperative) With an objective to improve the conditions of cooperative sugar mills in Uttarakhand, the state government is planning to install ethanol plants in the cooperative sugar mills of the state. This was announced in a meeting chaired by State Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat organized on Friday

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Industry Seeks Long-Term Ethanol Pricing Formula

by Preeti Bhagat (Cogensis) The sugar industry has asked the Prime Minister’s Office to announce a long-term pricing formula for ethanol to attract more investment. It has also asked the government to announce the method used to calculate ethanol prices, which will bring about transparency and assure investors of long-term stability in

January 29, 2020 Read Full Article

India, Brazil Agree to Boost Ties in IT, Biofuel and Mining

by Ashok Sharma (Federal News Network/Associated Press) India and Brazil agreed Saturday to boost trade and investment across a range of fields such as defense, mining, biofuel, cybersecurity, food, the environment and health. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded Brazil as “a valuable partner” as he and visiting President Jair

January 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel from Food Waste and Used Cooking Oil

by Akhtar Ali (The Express Tribune)  …  There are six possible raw material routes for making biodiesel. These are vegetable sources – palm oil, rapeseed, sunflower, cottonseed, canola, jojoba, jatropha and others; waste vegetable oil or used cooking oil as it is called; animal fats like tallow, lard, yellow grease and

January 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Indian Air Force Lands AN-32 Flying on Biofuel Near China Border

(Sputnik News) The Indian Air Force is aiming to cut fuel costs by around $4 billion by 2024. With the successful landing of the biofuel- blend-powered transport aircraft at a height of around 3,524 metres, the force will gradually move to use the fuel in other aircraft as well. The An-32

January 24, 2020 Read Full Article

TATA Projects to Execute Bio-Ethanol Project

(BigNewsNetwork.com/ANI/PRNewswire)  … (Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited) BPCL’s order is for its 2G Bio Ethanol Project at Bargarh, Odisha. The proposed production capacity of this plant is 100 KL per day of Second Generation Ethanol. This project is significant since the Government of India is encouraging the production of cellulosic ethanol

January 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Balrampur Chini Sees Government Push for Ethanol Bringing Stability for Sugar Suppliers

by Chandrakant Mahapatra (Bloomberg Quint)  The government’s ethanol push will bring about predictability for sugar suppliers as a glut has forced them to keep prices low, according to Vivek Saraogi, managing director of Balrampur Chini Mills Ltd.—one of the nation’s biggest suppliers of the sweetener. “I see a lot of

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Living Robots, Fungus Homes, Biobased Aquaculture Ropes, Biopolymer Food Films, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of January 23rd

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) It was a week of lots of deal-making, like edible straw startup Loliware’s raising of $5.9 million to scale production, and deal-breaking, like Itaconix and Nouryon’s break-up over biobased chelating agents for detergent applications. But it was also a week of innovating like the development of

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Palm Oil Prices to Climb 17.9% in 2020 on Tight Supplies, Biodiesel Programs: Reuters Poll

by Mei Mei Chu (Reuters)  Average palm oil prices will surge 17.9% this year, a Reuters poll of industry participants showed, as reduced output in the first half of the year and higher biodiesel consumption in top producers Indonesia and Malaysia tighten the market. … Indonesia and Malaysia together account for

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Delhi-Based BioD Sells over 10 Million Litres of Biodiesel within First Year of Operation

(News 18 Auto)  The company’s facility in Bawal, Haryana have the capability to produce up to 120 kiloliters of biodiesel a day, processing used cooking oil and other multi-feedstock.  — BioD Energy, a Delhi-NCR based, biodiesel producer, sold over 10 million litres of biodiesel within the first year of its plant’s

January 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Clariant, Anhui Guozhen Group, and Chemtex Chemical Engineering Ink Deal for 30 Million Gallon Cellulosic Ethanol Project in China

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From Germany we have news that Clariant, Anhui Guozhen Group, and Chemtex Chemical Engineering signed a license agreement on sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology. This is the third commercial license for the sunliquid technology and the first for China. The Anhui Guozhen Group and Chemtex have agreed to

January 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Carbon X Prize: Transforming CO₂ into Valuable Products

(Carbon X Prize)  The $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE is a global competition to develop breakthrough technologies that will convert CO₂ emissions from power plants and industrial facilities into valuable products like building materials, alternative fuels and other items that we use every day. The NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE

January 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuel Center Releases Calendar of Biofuel Training Events for the Year 2020

(Advanced Biofuel Center/AltEnergyMag.com)  The Advanced Biofuel Center is a bioenergy crop research and development company that has established the Biodiesel Business Academy to provide quality, impartial, informative and enjoyable advanced-level training with enhanced technology in the field of biodiesel production. The knowledge arm of Advanced Biofuel Center (ABC), Biodiesel Business

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 10 Top Advanced Bioeconomy Markets & Predictions for 2020

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2020? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead.  As the sunset of 2019 gives way to the dawn of 2020, once again roll the

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2020

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) 64 countries have targets or mandates – but how much where, and when, and what?  Besides the EU, the major blending mandates that will drive global demand are those set in the US, China and Brazil – each of which has set targets – or, in

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Towards a Biofuel Policy for Energy Security

by Syed Akhtar Ali  (The Express Tribune)  … Biofuels have been a preferred fuel for a variety of reasons. These include energy security as most of the petroleum-importing countries have a large agricultural base producing ethanol; price stability which is a balancing insurance against mercurial oil price variations and shocks;

December 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Portal to Trace Source of Used Cooking Oil Diverted for Conversion to Biodiesel

by TV Jayan (The Hindu Business Line) In an attempt to give a push to the diversion of used cooking oil (UCO) for making biodiesel, the government has created an online ecosystem, which would make it possible to trace the source of used vegetable oil, used for making biofuel. The web

December 28, 2019 Read Full Article

More May Be Needed to Sell Rice to Ethanol Makers

by Sampad Nandy  (Cogencis) The government’s plan to divert excess rice from the central pool towards ethanol production may run into a rough weather as higher price at the government’s auction could just prompt distillers to move to spot markets. The government expects a robust procurement of rice in the current

December 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Coop Sugar Mills Seek Restructure of Soft Loans to Factories in Maharashtra

(Financial Express)  Maharashtra has not be able to take advantage of the Rs 15,000-crore loan scheme of the government given for sugar mills since the balance sheets of mills are not healthy, Naiknavare said. The National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories (NFCSF) is seeking restructuring of the soft loans given to

December 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Indian Cabinet Green Lights Bioenergy MOU with Brazil

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In India, All India Radio reports that the cabinet has given the green light to sign a memorandum of understanding with Brazil to further develop bioenergy. The Brazilian president is set to visit the country soon where ethanol will be among the main discussion points as

December 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Oil Majors Bet on Compact Bio-gas to Tackle Emission Woes in India

by Shahkar Abidi (Auto Car Pro) Over 500 letters of intent (LoIs) have been issued to entrepreneurs by three government-owned oil marketing companies (OMCs) for setting up of Compact Bio-Gas (CBG) plants, claims a top official from the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas. The government envisages stting up about 5,000 such CBG plants

December 26, 2019 Read Full Article

UNAIR Professor Uses Microalgae for Renewable Biodiesel Development

(Universitas Airlangga News/QS WOW News) …The government plans to allocate fossil fuel energy subsidies by reducing them and using renewable energy resources with a focus on biodiesel development. Regarding this issue, Prof. Dr. Purkan, S.Si., M.Si., Professor of Chemistry at Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) conducted

December 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Methanol Blend on Cards, India May Trim Oil Import Bill by Rs 5k Crore

by Yogima Seth Sharma and Nishtha Saluja (Economic Times)  Gadkari writes to petroleum minister to ensure availability of methanol-blended fuel, which will help cut the consumer’s fuel expenses by 10%.  —  The government is looking at introducing methanol-blended fuel pan India — a move that can potentially reduce one’s fuel

December 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Contribution of Advanced Renewable Transport Fuels to the Decarbonisation of Transport in 2030 and beyond

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe) The workshop presented the findings of a project that was set up jointly by two Technology Collaboration Programmes of the International Energy Agency, namely the IEA Bioenergy TCP and the Advanced Motor Fuels TCP (AMF Annex 58). The project focuses on country-specific analysis of Germany, Finland, Sweden, USA,

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

When Negative Is Good – Carbon Negative: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo’s Biojet Fuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Noone wants to be negative…unless they are talking about carbon negative of course. The aviation industry has been all abuzz about lowering their carbon footprints for years, then carbon neutral, now carbon negative. According to Gevo’s Timothy Cesarek, EVP & Chief Commercial Officer, the carbon footprint

December 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Hinduja Group Chairman Meets Capt Amarinder, Offers Transport & Tech Solutions to Address Stubble Burning

(Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Punjab, India)  The Hinduja Group on Wednesday offered to help Punjab in addressing the stubble burning problem by lifting all the paddy straw from the fields for use in ethanol plants. The offer came during a meeting between Chairman of Hinduja Group, Prakash Hinduja, with

December 12, 2019 Read Full Article
    World Future Fuel Summit   —   February 15-17, 2020   —   New Delhi, India

World Future Fuel Summit — February 15-17, 2020 — New Delhi, India

The annual World Future Fuel Summit in Delhi, India is the leading global industry event and exhibition for future fuel, clean energy, environment and sustainability. Bringing together global business leaders, future leader (students), government, specialist exhibitors from globally, it showcases state-to-art technologies in clean future energy for globally. As a

December 10, 2019 Read Full Article

BPCL to Commission Second Generation Ethanol Plant in Odisha by Dec 2020

(Denton Daily) State-run oil company Ltd (BPCL) plans to commission its second generation (2G) bio-refinery at Odisha’s district by December 2020. The project will see an investment of Rs 10 billion and the foundation stone for the refinery will be laid on October 10 by Odisha governor Ganeshi Lal and Union minister

December 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Changing Process of Bio-diesel Production Would Help Reduce Emission of Dangerous Nanoparticles: TERI

(TERI)  Airborne nanoparticles from diesel vehicles are even more harmful to human health than PM2.5 and PM10. TERI has suggested modifications to India’s bio-diesel policy to reduce nanoparticle emissions  —  Changing the process of producing bio-diesel could help reduce tailpipe emissions of nanoparticles, contributing to improving air quality, according to a

December 6, 2019 Read Full Article

UP Sugar Mills Not Interested in Converting Old Sugar to Ethanol

by Jayashree Bhosale (Economic Times) The food ministry’s latest notification allowing India’s sugar producers to convert surplus stocks into ethanol to be blended with petrol comes as an additional support measure for the industry.  However, mills in Uttar Pradesh, the top sugar-producing state, are not keen on converting old stocks

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Commerce Min Turns down US Proposal to Reduce Import Duty on Ethanol

by Preeti Bhagat and Sampad Nandy (Cogencis) he commerce ministry has turned down a request by the US to reduce the import duty on de-natured ethanol entering the country to protect the domestic sugar and potable industry, as well as farmers, two senior government officials said.  Not just farmers, even state governments

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Raizen Q&A: RenovaBio, Brazilian Corn Ethanol and the Importance of Alternative Markets

by Jacques Moss (knect365) Paulo Corte-Real Neves is Ethanol & Oil Products Trading Director at Raizen, a leading Brazilian sugarcane producer jointly owned by Cosan and Royal Dutch Shell. We sat down with him at the World Ethanol & Biofuels conference to discuss the RenovaBio programme, California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard and

November 26, 2019 Read Full Article

UP Govt to Set up Biofuel Plants to Address Issue of Stubble Burning

by Virendra Singh Rawat (Business Standard) Will set up 1-2 biofuel plants in all 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh — With the Supreme Court recently directing Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to prevent their farmers from stubble burning owing to the severe dip in air quality in Delhi, chief minister Yogi Adityanath today said his

November 13, 2019 Read Full Article

IOC Gets Green Nod for 2G Ethanol Plant in Panipat

(Economic Times) The IOCL had submitted a proposal seeking environment clearance for its proposed 100 KLPD Ligno-Cellulosic 2G ethanol plant at Baholi in Panipat district of Haryana. … He (Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar) also said that the project would help in achieving the goal of doubling farmers’ income. “This project

November 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Man with the Plan – Millions Projected for New Projects: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis’ Multi-Million $ Dairy Biogas and Wood Waste Plants

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Aemetis is known for their advanced renewable fuels by many,like their California ethanol plant and India biodiesel plant, but what you may now know is that they are building a $56 million dairy biogas digesters, pipeline and cleanup system and a $200 million cellulosic ethanol plant

November 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Chhattisgarh Advises Centre to Set up Biofuel Units Using Paddy Husk

by Nidhi Sharma  (Economic Times) Chhattisgarh government has offered the Centre a solution to the problem of stubble burning in fields—set up ethanol or biofuel units using paddy husk and rice straw. On its part, the Chhattisgarh govt has decided to set up at least 6 biofuel plan… As Delhi

November 7, 2019 Read Full Article

National Policy on Biofuels 2018: Here Are Key Things You Should Know

(India Times/Economic Times) Adopting biofuels as an alternative source of energy can significantly improve farmers’ income, generate employment opportunities, reduce imports, augment waste to wealth creation, etc.  —  Introduced in the year 2009, the current edition of the National Policy on Biofuels was approved by the Union Cabinet in May 2018. The

November 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blending: UP Govt Distilleries to Supply 53 Million Litres to OMCs

by Virendra Singh Rawat (Business Standard) State-controlled cooperative federation to invest Rs 160 crore on ethanol roadmap  — To enhance the sugarcane value chain in Uttar Pradesh, government-controlled distilleries in the state have lined up investment of about Rs 160 crore to create fresh ethanol production capacity of 53 million litres (ML). The ethanol

October 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Zomato, BioD Energy to Convert Used-Cooking Oil into Biodiesel!

(Financial Express Dives)  The companies aim at collecting a total of 1000 MT of used cooking oil every month by March 2020. — Zomato and BioD Energy have joined hands to convert used-cooking oil into biodiesel. This partnership will see Zomato using its mass reach to collect oil from restaurants while

October 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Have Increased Ethanol Blending to 6 Per Cent Today from 1 Per Cent in 2015: Pradhan

(Hindu Business Line) Import of petroleum products from USA including LNG in 2018-2019 stood at over $7 billion  —  India has increased its ethanol blending programme (EBP) by many times according to Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan. Speaking at the 2nd Annual India Leadership Summit of the

October 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Does Security of Supply Drive Key Biofuel Markets in Asia?

(International Energy Agency)  Replacing a portion of gasoline and diesel demand with biofuels is a means of increasing a country’s domestic fuel supply —  Improving security of supply is a fundamental reason for the introduction of biofuel policy support in China, India and Indonesia, which in turn has raised production prospects.

October 22, 2019 Read Full Article
    2nd Global Summit on Waste to Energy & Biofuels (GSWEB 2020)    —   January 30-31, 2020   —   New Delhi, India

2nd Global Summit on Waste to Energy & Biofuels (GSWEB 2020) — January 30-31, 2020 — New Delhi, India

After the huge success of its inaugural edition in February 2019 the 2nd Global Summit on Waste to Energy & Biofuels (GSWEB 2020) is back, with a firm focus on advanced conversion technologies, the summit addresses the need for innovation – not just in technology, but in policy, finance and partnership models

October 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Growdiesel Ventures Limited, India’s Leading Biofuel Company Launches Renewable Fuel Industrial Training Certification for Students

(Growdiesel Ventures Limited/Futures Trading Charts) Established in 2001, Growdiesel is India’s leading Renewable Fuel company that is providing innovative turn-key solutions to various Government, Hotels, Hospitals, Residential societies, Corporates, Schools and other sectors. They are solving World’s 2 biggest problems: Waste Elimination & Fuel Generation. Growdiesel solves these 2 problems by converting

October 15, 2019 Read Full Article

IIT-M, ExxonMobil Research Join Hands for Biofuel Research

(CanIndia) The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IITM) on Monday said it has entered into an agreement with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE) for research on energy and biofuels. In a statement issued here, IIT-M said it will be a five year joint research agreement focusing on biofuels, data analytics, gas

October 14, 2019 Read Full Article

US Patent Granted for Enzymes Developed by ICGEB-DBT Bioenergy Group

(International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology) A new cellulase preparation discovered by scientists at ICGEB, New Delhi has received a US patent award. This discovery is likely to provide a better alternative to the available option on the market for commercial cellulase enzyme to produce ethanol for second generation (G2)

October 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Valmet to Deliver Biomass Pretreatment System to PRAJ Industries in India

(Valmet) Valmet will deliver biomass pretreatment system to PRAJ Industries for their second-generation bio refinery project which is under execution in India. The delivery is planned for the year 2020. The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the third quarter 2019. The value of the order will not

October 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Researchers Develop Cheaper, Cleaner Way to Grow Biodiesel Producing Microalgae

by Gerard de Souza (Hindustan Times)  The team of researchers has found that the species of microalgae Chlorella vulgaris NIOCCV grew well in a medium of seafood industry wastewater and was tolerant to different salinity regimes and higher concentrations of carbon dioxide  — In a significant breakthrough that could boost the

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Students Recognized with 2019 Young Algae Researcher Awards

(Algae Biomass Organization) Four student scientists were recognized with the Algae Biomass Organization’s Young Algae Researcher Awards for their contributions to fields of algae biology and engineering at the 2019 Algae Biomass Summit, held in Orlando, Florida, September 16-19. The awards are presented at the annual conference to recognize outstanding research

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Houston-Based Company Planning $100 Million Plant in St. Martinville that Would Use Sugar Cane Waste to Make Ethanol

by Kristen Mosbrucker (The Advocate) Praj Industries, a publicly traded bioenergy engineering business with headquarters in India, is laying the foundation for a $100 million plant in Louisiana that would use sugar cane bagasse as a fuel and raw material for making ethanol. The project, which could still be three years

October 1, 2019 Read Full Article
    10th Annual Asia Sugar & Ethanol Conference   —   November 5-6, 2019   —   New Delhi, India

10th Annual Asia Sugar & Ethanol Conference — November 5-6, 2019 — New Delhi, India

With millers facing a choice of producing sugar for end-users or ethanol, the market faces a growing conundrum. Sugar markets have faced record high crop production leading to a heavy surplus weighing on global sugar prices. While consumer concerns and economic downturns are affecting market demand. Sugarcane derived ethanol provides

September 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Fungus Fashion, BMW i Hydrogen NEXT Unveiled, Spider Silk and Cellulose Composite, Nestlé Opens Packaging Research Center, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of September 25th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) With Climate Week on many minds this week, it’s good to see innovations being developed to take a step in a better direction. Take CPI Card Group which is launching credit cards made from waste plastic recovered from the ocean. Or researchers who have created a

September 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuel Planes May Fly 10 Crore Passengers by 2030

(The Hindu) India has committed to fly 10 crore passengers on biofuel-propelled planes by 2030, SpiceJet’s chairman and managing director, Ajay Singh said at UN’s SDG Climate Summit in New York. “While we flew just one flight out of the 1.5 lakh flown on biofuels so far, we have committed that

September 24, 2019 Read Full Article
    Global Moringa Meet 2019   —   November 23-25, 2019   —  Jaipur, India

Global Moringa Meet 2019 — November 23-25, 2019 — Jaipur, India

The million dollar question “Can 100% of Moringa Biodiesel Project be Commercially Viable? “shall be answered by experts sharing surprising facts about Moringa business on 23 to 25 November in Global Moringa Meet 2019 in India. Entrepreneurs around the globe are finding new ways to monetize the Moringa plant thanks

September 13, 2019 Read Full Article

India’s Nascent Crop Residue Supply Industry

by Aru Mangla (Biomass Magazine)  In India, crop residue has not been able to achieve the economic potential it possesses, primarily owing to the lack of a reliable supply chain mechanism for its collection and processing — Crop residue-based biomass, such as paddy straw and sugarcane trash, are some of

September 13, 2019 Read Full Article

APPEC: US Ethanol Exports Slow as Producers Diversify away from China

by Donavan Lim and Yi Jeng Huang (S&P Gobal Platts)  US ethanol exports are forecast to fall around 100 million gallons year on year to 1.5 billion gallons in 2019 as trade flows redirects away from China toward Southeast Asia and India, according to industry executive in an interview at

September 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Praj’s Propriety Technology to Be Used in USA’s First Bagasse Based Ethanol Biorefinery

(Economic Times)  Earlier this year US based domain specialists had visited Praj’s 2G integrated bio-refinery demonstration plant and Praj Matrix, the R&D center in Pune to study ‘enfinity’ technology — Subsequent to the successful demonstration of performance and due diligence of its 2G ethanol technology by a US-based Oil &

September 5, 2019 Read Full Article

India’s Rising Prowess in Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj’s Perpective from India

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Product, processes and partnerships are what it’s all about in India right now with the country’s latest bioenergy policies and growing activity in the bioeconomy. Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman at Praj Industries gave this illuminating presentation at ABLC 2019 in Washington, D.C. on how exactly India

September 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Govt Hikes Ethanol Price to Cut Oil Import Bill by USD 1 Billion

(Economic Times) The decision was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  The government on Tuesday raised the price of sugarcane-extracted ethanol used for blending in petrol by up to Rs 1.84 per litre as it looked to cut oil import bill by USD 1

September 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Restaurants Reluctant to Give away Used Edible Oil to Make Biodiesel

by Preety Acharya (Hindustan Times)  Noida: Food safety department officials, who are doing a survey of district restaurants and hotels to encourage them to give away used edible oil to convert it into biodiesel, are facing trouble in convincing them to do so. Most restaurants sell their used oil to soap

August 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Dhamendra Pradhan to Launch IOC’s Rs 800-cr Ethanol Project in Gorakhpur

by Virendra Singh Rawat  (Business Standard)  The unit is proposed to be set up on 50 acres of land in the premises of the now-defunct Dhuriapar Co-operative Sugar Mill  — Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan will lay the foundation of an ethanol plant being set up by the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) in Gorakhpur district

August 26, 2019 Read Full Article

9 Constellations to Watch: A Look at the Rising Stars in the Race to SAF

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … (T)oday we explore 9 of those constellations building around Sustainable Aviation Fuels. Some of them are young protostars in the earliest stage of stellar evolution, while others are like the Earth’s sun, a main-sequence mid-size star, and a few are superstars like, well,

August 26, 2019 Read Full Article

ACE Conference: USGC Optimistic about Future of Ethanol Exports

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The American Coalition for Ethanol kicked off its annual conference in Omaha today. While there was some discussion of the state of the industry and the harm done by small refinery exemptions, there were also messages of optimism. One of those messages came from Ryan

August 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Transport Biofuels: Tracking Clean Energy Progress

by Pharoah Le Feuvre   (International Energy Agency)  Transport biofuel production expanded 7% year-on-year in 2018, and 3% annual production growth is expected over the next five years. This falls short of the sustained 10% output growth per year needed until 2030 to align with the Sustainable Development Scenario (SDS). Stronger

August 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Indian Oil Corporation to Invest Rs 25,000 cr in Green Energy

by Sanjeev Choudhary  (Economic Times) Rising environmental concerns are increasingly swaying government energy policies across the globe, prompting energy companies to invest in greener options.  — Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the nation’s largest refiner and fossil fuel retailer, plans to invest Rs 25,000 crore in green energy projects, including solar and wind

August 23, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digital Deluge: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj’s Digital Biology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Digital biology is a phrase that seems as mystical as a unicorn, but Vineet Rajgarhia, Senior VP of Biochemicals at Praj Industries, shared this presentation at ABLC 2019 in Washington, D.C. on how the oil industry is using digital tools and how biofuels, biochemicals, and

August 20, 2019 Read Full Article

The Golden Cow – Is India the Place to Be for Biofuels?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Is India the cash cow for biofuels? Or even the golden cow? If Aemetis’ recent 200% year over year increase in biodiesel sales is any indication…well, let’s just say we see the value. The market It is estimated that the ethanol market in India

August 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Report: India to Use, Produce a Record Volume of Ethanol in 2019

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network shows the average ethanol blend rate in India is expected to reach a record 5.8 percent this year, up from the record of 4.1 percent set last year. India currently aims

August 15, 2019 Read Full Article

No Carbon Left Behind: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech has produced 5.5 million gallons of ethanol since start up and has compelling project economics to back it up. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech gave this ‘Carbon Smart’ overview of how LanzaTech is recycling carbon from industrial off gas biomass and MSW syngas and

August 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Aemetis Cuts Carbon Score of Keyes Ethanol Plant

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Aemetis Inc. released second quarter 2019 financial results Aug. 8. The company reported strong growth for its biodiesel business in India, outlined improvement projects underway at its corn ethanol plant, and discussed planned renewable natural gas (RNG) and cellulosic ethanol production. During an earnings call,

August 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Praj Joins Hands with Brazil-Based Dedini lndustrias for Ethanol Production Technologies

(WebIndia123)  Bio-based technologies and engineering firm Praj Industries said on Monday it has entered into a cooperation agreement with Dedini lndustrias de Base to provide ethanol production technologies in the Brazilian market. This paves the way for Dedini to market Praj’s technology solutions to set up ethanol production facilities using grain-based

August 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Expression of Interest to Be Floated for Procurement of Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil across 100 Cities

(Government of India Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas) World Biofuel Day is observed every year on 10th of August to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels and highlight the various efforts made by Government in the biofuel sector. Ministry of Petroleum

August 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Just Drop It in!: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo’s Drop-in Hydrocarbons

by Jim Lane (Biofuhttp://radar.weather.gov/radar_lite.php?product=NCR&rid=LWX&loop=yesels Digest)  Gevo produces and sells low-carbon, renewable, high-performance fuel products. From ethanol to isobutanol, jet fuel, isooctane, oxygenate blendstocks, and more, Gevo is on a mission to replace fossil based products and decarbonize products for large markets. Tim Cesarek, Executive VP and COO of Gevo gave this

August 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Adding Sugar and Salt to Catalyse Production of Biofuels

by M Somasekhar (The Hindu Business Line)  A nanocarbon catalyst developed by IIT-Hyderabad can be used to convert corn cob waste into valuable fuels — Using sugar and salt, researchers at IIT Hyderabad have developed a nanocarbon catalyst to help in the production of biofuel precursors. The catalyst shows better efficiency and

August 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Sugar Mills Go for Ethanol Production

by Navtan Kumar (Sunday Guardian Live)  Indian sugar mills are gradually shifting towards ethanol production in the wake of surplus sugar production in the last few years. Ethanol is increasingly becoming popular as a green, non-polluting fuel. According to an India Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) official, in the current season (October 2018-

July 22, 2019 Read Full Article

CM Okays 100 Acre Land for Bhandara Ethanol, Biogas Plant

Anjaya Anparthi (Times of India)  Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday approved 100 acres land for a proposed project to produce ethanol and biogas gas from paddy straw at Bhandara. … Fadnavis approved transfer of 100 acres land from the state government to MIDC for the project. “The straw is burned and

July 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol to Be Central Issue in India-Brazil Meeting -Industry Group

by Marcelo Teixeira  (Reuters)  Brazil and India are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding on production and trade of ethanol when leaders of the two countries meet in Brasilia later this year, an industry group said on Tuesday. According to UDOP, a Brazilian association of sugar and ethanol producers, the suggestion

July 19, 2019 Read Full Article

City-Based Scientists Develop New Biodiesel Plant Tech — Biodiesel from Feedstock with Free Fatty Acid up to 10%

(Tribune News Service) Scientists at the Centre of Excellence for Farm Machinery (CoEFM) here have developed the technology of ‘Semi-continuous Biodiesel Plant’. This technology represents a simplified process to produce biodiesel from any feedstock having free fatty acid content up to 10%. It is a low-maintenance production technology, can be easily

July 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Maharashtra Likely to Support Sugar Mills in Setting up Ethanol Fuel Pumps

by Shiv Kumar (Tribune News Service)  Minister for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and Transport Nitin Gadkari has proposed that sugar mills set up ethanol fuel pumps in their premises. The sugar co-operatives are under pressure because of unsold stocks and are already mulling switching over to large-scale production of ethanol provided

July 17, 2019 Read Full Article

The Contribution of Advanced Renewable Transport Fuels to the Decarbonisation of Transport in 2030 and Beyond

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  In the light of climate change, there is an urgent need to decarbonize our societies. The transport sector is specifically challenging, as transport demand is still growing, and so are the sector´s GHG emissions. Electric mobility will not be able to solve this on its own, and advanced renewable

July 16, 2019 Read Full Article

TVS Motor Company Launches India’s First Ethanol Based Motorcycle TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100

(TVS Motor Company) Launched by Shri. Nitin Jairam Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister for Road Transport and Highways of India & Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises as part of the green initiative — TVS Motor Company, a reputed manufacturer of two-wheelers and three-wheelers in the world today created a benchmark in the industry by

July 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Indian Producers Investigate Philippines Ethanol Model During Bioenergy Week

(U.S. Grains Council)  The seventh annual Bioenergy Week of the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) provided an opportunity for the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) to highlight how the government and private industry in the Philippines cooperate to promote ethanol to a delegation of sugar-based ethanol producers from India. The Council sponsored the

July 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Gadkari Bats for Electric Vehicles, Biofuels

(ANI/SiFy News)  Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Friday rooted for electric vehicles and bio-fuels as more cost-effective, pollution free and indigenous source of energy, which are beneficial for all. … Earlier today, the Union Minister had attended the launch of an ethanol-powered vehicle. “Ethanol is biofuel

July 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Synergy’s On-Site Fuel Delivery Service “FillNow” Extended to Delhi-NCR Region, Also Introduces Biodiesel Fuel “Synergy Green Diesel”

(CIOL) Following the successful launch of its Automated on-site fuel delivery Service in Faridabad & Gurgaon, Synergy Teletech Pvt. Ltd, announced the launch of its Fuel Delivery Service FillNow & its revolutionary green Biodiesel Fuel – Synergy Green Diesel in Noida and NCR region. Founded by Prasan Surana and Navneet

July 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Can Help Reduce Current Account Deficit

by Syed Akhtar Ali (The Express Tribune)  Pakistan’s current account deficit has created many problems for the economy. Major imports are of the oil sector. There is a misplaced notion that nothing can be done for reducing these imports. Biofuels based on local agro-waste are a viable option and competitive route.

July 11, 2019 Read Full Article

EID Parry Chalks out Expansion Plans to Tap Ethanol

(PTI/Money Control)  The company has obtained in-principle approval from the Department of Food and Public distribution, for its expansion under the central government scheme, extending financial assistance to mills for enhancement and augmentation of Ethanol production capacity. … The city-based company in its annual report said it has secured permission from

July 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Maharashtra: Divert 25% Cane for Ethanol Production, Sugar Commissioner Tells Industry

by Parthasarathi Biswas  (The Indian Express)  Millers now say they are looking for long-term commitment from the central government to keep prices steady for at least 10 years, which will allow them to recover investments in new machinery.  —  Maharashtra Sugar Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad has advised the industry to divert 25 per cent

July 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Making Every Carbon Count: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Praj had a humble beginning as a supplier of ethanol plants, and today is a global company with a bouquet of sustainable solutions for bioenergy, high purity water, critical process equipment, breweries and industrial wastewater treatment. Dr. Pramod Kumbhar, Chief Technology Officer at Praj Industries offers

July 2, 2019 Read Full Article

How Low Can You Go with Carbon?: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Aemetis is an international renewable fuels and biochemicals company using patented industrial biotechnology for the construction and operation of advanced biorefineries. They own and operate a 60+ million gallon ethanol plant in California, a 50 million gallon capacity Biodiesel and Glycerin refinery in India, they are building

July 1, 2019 Read Full Article

SIAM Proposes Enhanced Alternative Fuels for Vehicles in India to Lower Pollution

(PTI/Financial Express)  While the electrification of the fleet will be a major help towards providing energy security and improving the environment, SIAM said that our country needs to work on other efforts, to not only complement this effort, considering the ultimate objective of improving India’s energy security. Automobile industry body SIAM

June 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Indian Oil to Invest Rs 700 Crore in Setting up 2G Ethanol Plant at Panipat Refinery

by Bilal Abdi (Economic Times Energy World)  Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the country’s largest fuel retailer, is planning to set up a biomass-based second generation ethanol production facility at its flagship Panipat refinery at a cost of over Rs 700 crore. IOC has selected Praj Industries as the licensor and consultant for

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Uttar Pradesh to Partner Centre for Ethanol Blending in Fuel to Cut Oil Import Bill

by Virendra Singh Rawat (Business Standard)  The state, along with Maharashtra, clocks 9-10% of blending due to higher cane availability  —  Uttar Pradesh, the country’s top sugarcane producer, has offered to partner the central government over its ambitious roadmap of augmenting ethanol blending in fuel. UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who met union petroleum and

June 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Gujarat High Court Notice to Biofuel Company for Alleged Fraud

(DNA India) … The Gujarat High Court has restrained renewable fuel company My Eco Energy Private Limited from encashing a bank guarantee furnished by a fuel station owner after the latter moved court alleging that the company is committing fraud across the country and he is one of the victims.

June 20, 2019 Read Full Article

If Rice Is Nice, Rice Trash Is Cash: Gevo, Praj Working to Convert Rice Straw to Products

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Specifically, in the past month, Gevo also executed an agreement with Praj to develop jet fuel and isooctane from rice straw and other feedstocks. Gruber noted that “we believe this second-generation technology combination has great potential to address India’s rice straw burning problem and related

June 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Glut in Sugar Industry: State Proposes to Use 25% Sugarcane

by Makarand Gadgil (Mumbai Mirror)  The state sugar commissioner has proposed that one-fourth of the state’s sugarcane be used to produce ethanol in a bid to reduce the glut in the sugar industry and help sugar factories pay farmers’ dues. Sugar Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad has also recommended that the state government create a separate

June 13, 2019 Read Full Article

World Environment Day: Strong Economies Drive Clean Environments

(Diesel Technology Forum)  New generations of advanced technology diesel engines, cleaner diesel fuel, and renewable biofuels pave the way for global prosperity and accelerate clean air progress  —  The Diesel Technology Forum issued the following statement on the occasion of United Nations World Environment Day: Makers and suppliers of diesel engines, equipment and fuels

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

₹500-cr Fund Mooted for Ethanol Production in Maharashtra

by Rahul Wadke (The Hindu Business Line)  The Sugar Commissioner of Maharashtra has recommended to the State government that ₹500 crore be made available to cooperative sugar mills in the State for developing infrastructure and creating capacity for ethanol production. Sugar Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad told BusinessLine that due to excess sugarcane on the ground, the

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article
    Industrial Green Chemistry World (IGCW)   —   October 16-17, 2019   —   Mumbai, India

Industrial Green Chemistry World (IGCW) — October 16-17, 2019 — Mumbai, India

A context beyond the theoretical understanding of ‘green’ chemistry; An attempt to bring forth technical know-how of green chemistry applications from the corridors of laboratories to the cauldrons of Industry; A platform to familiarize green chemistry not as a different genre, but as an integral way of doing chemical processes; Focus to recognize

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Tax Dept, OMCs Locked in Dispute over Excise Duty, Oil Firms Served Notice

by Shine Jacob and Dilasha Seth (Business Standard)  The indirect tax department and oil marketing companies are locked in a battle over levy of excise duty on ethanol-blended motor spirit (EBMS), with the latter being issued notices over non-payment of dues, which they have strongly contested. The matter pertains to difference

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Towards Sustainable Bioeconomy – Lessons Learned from Case Studies

by Marta Gomez San Juan, Anne Bogdanski and Olivier Dubois  (Food and Agricultural Organization) … )T)his report offers lessons from 26 case studies of sustainable bioeconomy interventions from around the world and from a range of different sectors. The overall aim of the report is to use these case studies to expand the general understanding of

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Indian Navy Steams ahead with Its Go Green’ Plans in Eco-Friendly Push

(The Hindu)  … To promote use of biodiesel, the Navy said that plans were afoot to replace High Speed Diesel (HSD) (annual usage of 6,300 kL) with B5 blend of HSD. This would result in a direct savings of 5% of HSD, which translates to approximately 315 kL annual savings of

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

EU-India Conference on Advanced Biofuels

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  The 2nd EU-India Conference on Advanced Biofuels was organised by the Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission and the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas of India under the framework of the India-EU CECP. The conference aimed at facilitating contacts between industry and technology developers from both

June 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Saves Sugar Makers Amid Supply Glut

by Yash Upadhyaya   (Bloomberg Quint) High-margin ethanol business aided India’s sugar makers’ earnings even as a record output in the domestic market pushed prices lower in the first half of the year. The distilleries business—that contributes 7-17 percent to the overall revenue of India’s three large sugar makers—accounted for around 50 percent

May 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Poland against EU Plan to Ban Use of Palm Oil for Biofuels: Envoy

(The Sun Daily/Bernama)  Poland is against the European Union’s (EU) proposed plan to ban the use of palm oil as a component of biofuels, and stressed that the republic does not intend to reduce the demand for Malaysian palm oil. Polish Ambassador to Malaysia Professor Krzysztof Debnicki said that Poland –

May 29, 2019 Read Full Article

IAF Certifies ‘Green Fuel’, Could Save 10 Crore Litres of Fuel Annually

by Ajai Shukla (Business Standard)  The Air Force could save 10 crore litres of aviation turbine fuel each year 10 per cent if biofuel use is extended across its fleet.  —  …  On Friday, the door was opened to powering the broader IAF fleet with a blend of biofuel and normal

May 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Research Afoot at Shoolini University to Produce Biodiesel From Biowaste

(Shoolini University/PR Newswire)  Depleting levels of fossil fuels and air pollution are a major concern for environmentalists around the world and a lot of emphasis is being put on biofuels and renewable resources. Biodiesel seems to be just the right solution for meeting the energy requirements of the future. In their

May 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Government Restricts Bio-Fuel Imports

by Kirtika Suneja (Economic Times)  Till now, bio-fuel import was allowed only for non-fuel purposes subject to actual user condition. –The government has restricted the import of bio-fuels including ethyl alcohol, bio-diesel and petroleum oils for all purposes and their import will require import licence from the Directorate General of Foreign Trade

May 28, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest’s new “Stocks Worth Tracking” Multi-Slide Guide Series highlights hot companies that are making strides in the bioeconomy. Today’s “Stock Worth Tracking” is Gevo. Gevo produces and sells low-carbon, renewable, high-performance fuel products. From ethanol to isobutanol, jet fuel, isooctane, oxygenate blendstocks, and more, Gevo

May 28, 2019 Read Full Article

GST, Biofuels Push on the Wish List of Oil & Gas Companies in NDA’s Second Term

by Kalpana Pathak (Live Mint)  Industry believes bringing natural gas under GST would make its transport across the country more efficient; Biofuel is another segment which awaits a hard push from the government  —  With the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) retaining power with a massive mandate in the national elections, India’s oil and gas

May 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Aemetis India Plant Awarded Large Biodiesel Supply Contract in Mining Sector

(Aemetis/Globe Newswire)  Aemetis, Inc.  (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today (May 20, 2019) that its Universal Biofuels India subsidiary was awarded a large ongoing supply contract for distilled biodiesel by a multi-site mining company for use in dump trucks and other heavy diesel equipment at mines in Southern and Central India.  Shipments have

May 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Chhattisgarh Mulls Plan to Become First Indian State Make Biofuel from Rice

R Krishna Das (Business Standard)  Chief Minister Baghel says farming activity in the state was conducive to making fuel from rice, even sugarcane was in surplus and there would be no raw material crisis  —  Chhattisgarh is planning to produce biofuel from rice and other agriculture products. If the project succeeds, the

May 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Microalgae: The Green Mines for Fueling the Future and Mitigating Heavy Metals

by Neha Arora (Science Trends)  …  Biofuels, particularly bioethanol and biodiesel, have been touted as one of the most propitious and greener alternatives since the beginning of the millennium. In this regard, algal-derived biofuels have the potential to become the savior of our dwindling fossil fuel reserves. … The energy-rich compounds,

May 21, 2019 Read Full Article

How Corrupt Nexus between Sugar Industry, Governments Affect Farmers

by Jitendra (Down to Earth)  The sugar industry engages around 50 farmers and two million mill workers. If there is one crop that affects India’s economy, water supply and promotes nepotism, it is sugarcane. India was the first country in the world where sugarcane farming — and the first refined sugar — was

May 21, 2019 Read Full Article

LanzaTech Aims to Fuel Jets and Make Consumer Goods from Recycled Carbon Pollution

by Tom DiChristopher (CNBC) -LanzaTech sells technology that transforms carbon pollution into ethanol, a renewable fuel and feedstock for chemicals. -Founded in 2005, the start-up is now aiming to produce sustainable jet fuel and chemicals that can be used in consumer goods. -The company ranks No. 15 on CNBC’s 2019 Disruptor

May 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Haryana Entrepreneur Turns 5,000+ Kg of Waste Cooking Oil into Biofuel Every Day!

by Tanvi Patel (The Better India)  “I wanted to help resolve several problems at one time—from waste management to air pollution—and this venture seemed to be an excellent start for this,” says Shiva Vig who buys waste oil from KFC, McDonald’s and a thousand other restaurants in Delhi/NCR.  —  … After using

May 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Maharashtra Sugar Millers Seek Long-Term Pacts with OMCs for Ethanol

by Nanda Kasabe (Financial Express)  Sugar millers in Maharashtra have sought the intervention of the Niti Aayog to ensure long term purchase agreements with Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) on the lines of power purchase agreements with the cogeneration units set up by sugar factories. Sanjay Khatal, MD, Maharashtra State Cooperative Sugar Factories

May 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Indian Perspective on Bioenergy: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IndianOil Corp.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IndianOil has a 33,000-plus work-force, extensive refining, distribution & marketing infrastructure and advanced R&D facilities. In the country’s pursuit of alternative sources of energy, IndianOil is focusing on CNG (compressed natural gas), Autogas (LPG), ethanol blended petrol, bio-diesel, and Hydrogen energy. Dr SSV Ramakumar, Director (R&D),

May 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Feedstock Flexibility

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Beyond Enerkem, a few companies around the world are looking to feedstocks outside of corn to produce cellulosic ethanol.  —  A few well-known ethanol producers are developing cellulosic pathways that use feedstocks other than elements of corn. … Waste Gas  LanzaTech, a U.S.-based carbon capture and

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Aemetis Details Progress with RNG, Cellulosic Ethanol Projects

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Aemetis Inc. released first quarter 2019 financial results May 9, reporting progress with its advanced biofuel projects, including its proposed cellulosic ethanol plant and its dairy digester project to produce renewable natural gas (RNG). During an earnings call, Eric McAfee, chairman and CEO of Aemetis,

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Bacteria Turn Agri Waste to Biofuel, First-of-Its-Kind Research

by Himanshu Nitnaware (Pune Mirror)  … The researchers worked to find an alternative to fossil fuels through biodegradation of agricultural waste such as wheat straw, and sugarcane bagasse as substrates. The biodegradation was brought about by busing cellulose-degrading bacteria and their enzymes for sustainable development and an environment-friendly approach. … The experts discovered a

May 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Promote Use of Biofuel to Save Money on Import of Crude Oil

by Abhiti Agarawal  (Times of India)  It is high time that India should go in for production of biofuel on a massive scale to bring down dependence on other countries for crude oil imports and save money, said PM Padole, director of Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) on Wednesday. Addressing a

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

DFDS Invests in Biofuels Developer MASH Energy

(DFDS/MASH Energy/Globe Newswire)  DFDS is investing in the start-up company MASH Energy ApS that produces biofuel from agricultural waste, currently from the by-products of nut processing in Tanzania and India. The biofuel is CO2 neutral and can be used in ships. In addition, the residual product is an effective fertiliser and will

April 26, 2019 Read Full Article

India’s Ethanol Scenario: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Praj Americas, Inc.,subsidiary of Praj industries ltd,  is a unique technology and engineering company in the ethanol arena in the Americas. What started off as an entrepreneurial venture three decades ago, the parent company, Praj Industries, is today a leader in India in the field of

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

ICGEB’s Novel Yeast Strain Increases Ethanol Production

by R. Prasad (The Hindu)  The strain produces ethanol by fermenting rice and wheat straw — Compared with currently available strains, a robust yeast strain (Saccharomyces cerevisiae NGY10) that can produce up to 15.5% more ethanol when glucose or lignocellulose biomass — rice and wheat straw — is fermented has been isolated by

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo to Work With Praj Industries to Commercialize Renewable Isobutanol, Jet Fuel and Isooctane in India

(Gevo/Globe Newswire)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) announced today that it has signed a binding, definitive Construction License Agreement with Praj Industries Ltd., dated April 4, 2019, to commercialize the production of renewable isobutanol using sugary-based feedstocks, such as juice, syrup and molasses made of sugarcane and sugar beets (the “Construction License

April 10, 2019 Read Full Article

ABLC 2019 Round-Up

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … ABLC 2019 kicked off on Wednesday with about 540 delegates in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Agriculture building complete with secret service protection and escorts for some big-name super star speakers, with a pretty exciting vibe in the room. In ABLC terms,

April 8, 2019 Read Full Article

The Overlooked Giant of Renewables: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA’s Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  International Energy Agency is an autonomous organization that works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 30 member countries and beyond. Dr. Paolo Frankl, Head of the Renewable Energy Division, gave this illuminating overview of why modern bioenergy is the overlooked giant of renewables, is

April 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo Plans to Decarbonize Luverne Plant Using Wind, RNG

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  According to (Gevo CEO Patrick) Gruber, Gevo is working to decarbonize its biorefinery in Luverne, Minnesota, in an effort to improve profitability. He said the company thinks it’s possible to make significant improvements in profitability over the next 18 months “maybe even becoming profitable

March 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Insight: US Ethanol Moving to China by Various Means, Including Ship-to-Ship Transfers

by Clare Pennington, Izham Ahmad, Steven McGinn (ICIS) Trans-shipments of ethanol from the US to China are taking place in renewed efforts to thwart US-China tariffs, including ship-to-ship transfers, several sources in Asia and Europe have confirmed. Importing US ethanol into China carries a penalty of up to 70%, one of a

March 28, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Celluosic Project Flashpoints, 10 Quick Takes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) It’s all very rosy on the cellulosic potential frontier. As Gevo and Renmatix recently observed, “cellulosic sugars are one of the most abundant feedstocks in the world, and in many geographies with dense vegetation, using woody biomass feedstocks to generate useful sugars is the most cost-effective

March 26, 2019 Read Full Article

E20 by 2020: Hold Your Breath!

by Ramya Natarajan (Economic Times/Center for Study of Science, Technology & Policy)  The National Policy on Biofuels 2018 sets an ethanol-blending target of E20 by 2030. However, if the dispersion modelling results for India look promising for ethanol fuels, policymakers could push for an ambitious ‘E20 by 2020’ mandate  — 

March 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Disruptive Technologies: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj Industries

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Praj Industries is an end-to-end solutions provider in the ethanol arena from concept to commissioning and feedstock handling to effluent treatment. They have technology and engineering solutions for biofuels, biochemicals and water. Dr. Pramod Kumbhar, Chief Technology Officer at Praj Industries offers this illuminating overview of

March 22, 2019 Read Full Article

The Social and Economic Benefits of Pricing Carbon

(New Climate Economy)  70 governments around the world (both national and provincial) are putting a price on carbon. These cover almost 20% of GHGs, up from just 4% 15 years ago. This year, two of those carbon pricing programmes — in Argentina in January and in Singapore in the second half of the year — graduate

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Indonesia’s Pertamina, State Miners Signs Fuel Pricing Deal

by Wilda Asmarini and Fransiska Nangoy (Reuters)  Indonesia state oil and gas company PT Pertamina on Thursday signed a fuel price benchmark deal with state-controlled mining companies for five years, said Rini Soemarno, State-Owned Enterprises Minister, on Thursday … Pertamina will supply the miners with 25,000 kiloliters per month of biodiesel and

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article
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