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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

OMCs Float Fresh Tender for Procuring 910 Million Litres of Ethanol

by Virendra Singh Rawat  (Business Standard)  Domestic sugarcane value chain getting lucrative with ethanol ‘topping’  —  In the backdrop of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approving Rs 2,790-crore interest subvention for bank loans worth Rs 12,900 crore to sugar mills aimed at facilitating additional distillery capacities, the public sector oil marketing

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

5 Minutes With… Bram Gräber and Rebecca Groen from SHV Energy.

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights)  “In use, bio LPG is identical to conventional LPG and therefore has the benefit of being able to be blended and used by all existing appliances.” 123 years. That is how long family-owned multinational organisation SHV Energy has been established for. The Netherlands-headquartered company has recently

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Is This the Right Time to Push for Higher Ethanol Production as India Gears up for Electric Mobility?

by Manisha Gupta (CNBC)  India is working its way to a record 7.5 percent ethanol blending this year, up from last year’s high of 4.22 percent.  … Under the ethanol blending programme, the centre has asked the oil marketing companies to target 10 percent blending of ethanol by 2022. The government

March 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Sugar Set for ‘Energycane’ Reinvention

(University of Queensland/Phys.Org)  Gene-editing sugarcane for use in renewable energy and bio-plastics could help secure the industry’s future. The University of Queensland’s Professor Robert Henry said sugarcane’s reinvention as an “energycane” crop could sustain the industry in the face of falling global demand for sugar. “The industry must think beyond just producing sugar,

March 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Throw Deep: Heard on the Floor at the Washington Sustainable Aviation Fuels Summit

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Port of Seattle Commissioner Fred Felleman noted:  “Secretary Mabus advised us to set a goal. If it’s good enough for the Navy, it’s good enough for SeaTac airport, and we’ve established a partnership with 13 airlines with a goal of moving to 10 percent renewable

March 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Muenzer’s 1st Community-Scale UCO Biodiesel Plant in India Opens

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  European biodiesel producer Muenzer Bioindustrie GmbH has opened its first biodiesel plant outside of Europe in Navi Mumbai, India. According to Harald Sigl, head of corporate communications and public affairs for the Austria-based company, Muenzer Bioindustrie is one of Europe’s largest producers of waste-based biodiesel—producing more

March 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Shell Joins Air Liquide, Nouryon in Enerkem Waste-to-Chemicals Project in Rotterdam: The Complete Story

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Shell will become an equal equity partner in the proposed commercial-scale waste-to-chemicals project, which will be the first of its kind in Europe to make valuable chemicals and biofuels out of non-recyclable waste materials. The consortium, which has set up a dedicated joint venture company,

March 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Cabinet Okays Ethanol Projects’ Funding

(Economic Times)  Under the scheme, called the Pradhan Mantri JI-VAN Yojana, Rs 1800 crore has been allocated for supporting 12 commercial projects.  — The Cabinet has approved a scheme to provide Rs 1969 crore as viability gap funding to second generation (2G) ethanol projects over the next six years. … “The scheme

March 1, 2019 Read Full Article
    Circular Economy for Plastics   —   March 15, 2019   —  IIT Bombay, India

Circular Economy for Plastics — March 15, 2019 — IIT Bombay, India

Recycling is not sufficient alone as an approach, because only 9% of the plastics produced globally are recycled! On the other hand, creating circularity and closed loop systems reduces the net consumption of virgin resources and generation of waste. Making circular economy effective and operational is the challenge that this

March 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Only 7% of Sum Cleared for Ethanol Projects Disbursed

by Preeti Bhagat and Stuti Chawla (Cogencis)  Banks have disbursed only 4 bln rupees of the 61.4-bln-rupee soft loan approved by the government to help sugar mills boost ethanol production, a senior government official said. As part of an incentive scheme announced in June to bail out sugar mills, the government had approved an

February 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Green Distillation Technologies Clarifies Its Technological Process

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the Australia, tire recycler Green Distillation Technologies, which has developed world-first technology that transforms old tires into oil, carbon and steel, has moved to try and remove some of the confusion about how their process is described. Their Chief Operating Officer Trevor Bayley has said

February 27, 2019 Read Full Article

UP to Set up Five Biofuel Projects with an Investment of ₹1,700 cr

(The Hindu Business Line) The Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to set up five biofuel projects in the State, Governor Ram Naik said on Tuesday. The projects will involve an investment of ₹1,700 crore. “The projects are expected to be set up in five districts — Sitapur, Hapur, Meerut, Bareilly and Muzaffarnagar,”

February 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuel-Blended ATF to Fire IAF Fleet in Test Run over Two Years

by Sharath S. Srivatsa (The Hindu) After successfully flying its transport aircraft AN-32 with Jatropha-blended ATF (aviation turbine fuel), the Indian Air Force is now looking to test its entire fleet of helicopters, transport aircraft and fighter jets to fly on biofuel-blended ATF over the next two years. To secure a constant

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Gadkari Suggests UP Farmers to Change Cropping Pattern; Pitches for Biodiesel from Sugarcane

(Times of India) Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday suggested that farmers in Uttar Pradesh should change cropping pattern to get more benefit and also pitched for producing biodiesel and ethanol from sugar cane.  READ MORE  

February 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Yogi Government Sanctions Two Biofuel Projects Worth Rs. 800 Crore

(Deccan Chronicle) ShivOm Dayal Energies (P) Ltd is setting up two biofuel pants worth Rs 800 crore at Saharanpur and Bijnor.  —  The UP government in its cabinet meeting held on 7th February 2019, approved the two second-generation ethanol plants which will incur an investment of INR 400 crore each. The state

February 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Maha Sugar Mill Takes Lead in Making Ethanol from Cane Juice

(India Post News Weekly)  A cooperative sugar mill in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra has taken the lead in producing fuel grade ethanol directly from sugarcane juice in the state, a senior official said on Thursday. The Centre had in July last year allowed sugar mills to manufacture ethanol directly from sugarcane

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Used Cooking Oil May Be Made Mandatory Feedstock for Biofuel

(News 18) The government has set a target of 20 percent blending of ethanol with gasoline and 5 percent blending of biodiesel with diesel by 2030 under the biofuel policy.  —  Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday said the government is considering mandating biofuel from used cooking oil as advanced biofuel

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Aemetis Plant Expands Customer Base with Sales of Biodiesel to Retail Fuel Stations in India

(Aemetis)  Plant upgrades enable production of 50 million gallons per year of biodiesel —  Aemetis, Inc. (“Aemetis” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today (February 15, 2019) that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary has built distribution tanks and other infrastructure to begin sales of biodiesel to retail fuel stations from the Kakinada, India

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Punjab Signs MoU for Biofuel Project

(The Hindu)  In a bid to tackle stubble burning and boost the renewable energy sector, the Punjab government on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Delhi-based Virgo Corporation for a ₹630 crore biofuel project. An official statement said that the technology for the project will be provided by the U.S. giant Honeywell.

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Analysis: India’s Renewables Push Unlikely to Choke Downstream Expansion Strategy

by Sambit Mohanty   and  Ratnajyoti Dutta  (S&P Global Platts)  India sees energy demand doubling by 2040; Still room for oil demand growth in Indi;  Biofuels, solar strong focus areas for growth  —  India is pushing ahead with its renewable energy ambitions, but that is not expected to make a dent on plans to pursue

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Dreyfus Expects Faster Switching between Sugar, Ethanol in Brazil

Maha El Dahan and Dahlia Nehme (Reuters)   Commodities trading firm Louis Dreyfus expects faster switching between sugar and ethanol production in Brazil, with more flexible mills leading to “dramatic” price-driven shifts.“Usually you have to see sugar playing a premium over ethanol or the opposite for a period of time before

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Audio: Grain, Ethanol Market Development Work To Surge With USDA ATP Funds

(U.S. Grains Council)  New funding to the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) from the Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) Program – part of a larger “trade aid” package offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the wake of new tariffs and global market uncertainty – will expand the organization’s global footprint and

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Techie Builds Biofuel Plant, Makes Home Free of LPG

by Manjula Nair (Times of India)   … For (Priyadarshan) Sahasrabuddhe, an engineer by training from IIT-Bombay,  has been turning wet waste into biofuel – all in a bid to be free from LPG. He has already made his parents “LPG-free” by setting up biofuel plants at their bungalow. Now, he wants to replicate the same

February 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Rs 8,500 Crore Investment Lined up for Ethanol; Two-Thirds by Sugar Mills

by Virendra Singh Rawat  (Business Standard)  Sugar mills in the top sugar producing states viz. Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh are projected to account for 40% and 30% of the fresh ethanol capacity addition —  Amid the growing clamour to insulate the Rs 1 trillion domestic sugar economy from market volatility by diversifying

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Next Gen Biodiesel Scientists Take One Small Step

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  … NGBS (Next Generation of Biodiesel Scientists) co-chair Jennifer Greenstein, North Carolina State University, moderated a panel of four young scientists from around the world during the recent National Biodiesel Conference in San Diego. Haixin Peng, Auburn University is from China; Shyam Paudel, Missouri University of Science

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

FSSAI Awards BioD Energy as an Authorised Aggregator for Its Repurpose Used Cooking Oil Initiative

by Navanwita Bora Sachdev (Tech Panda)  … The culmination event rewarded select stakeholders, driving the cause of ‘eat healthy’ and ‘eat safe’, among which, BioD Energy was recognised as an authorised aggregator for its Repurpose Used Cooking Oil (RUCO) initiative. On receiving the recognition, Siddharth Vig, Vice President, BioD Energy India, said,

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

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

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) LanzaTechhas over 20 years experience sourcing and supplying over 5 million tons of wood fiber and organic feedstock in markets across North America. They offer biomass feedstock supply and analytics to understand and minimize supply chain risk. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech gave this illuminating overview of

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

BiochemUSA Signs MOU to Develop $422.9 Million Biorefinery in India

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In India, local press reports that Petron Scientech Inc’s BiochemUSA has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Gujarat to develop a $422.9 million biorefinery that will produce ethanol, biodiesel, corn oil and animal feed using corn and biomass entirely as feedstock. One million metric tons

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Gadkari Launches Website to Promote Ethanol Production

by Ashish Roy (Times of India)  Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari recently launched a website www.indiaforethanol.net to create awareness about ethanol prodution especially among farmers. At present the website provides information in Hindi but work is going on to translate the matter into 34 regional languages also. A helpline for those interested

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Use of Biofuel in Military Aircraft Cleared; IAF to Start with Transport Aircraft

(Economic Times)  The Indian Air Force is expected to use biofuel for its transport fleet and helicopters following the clearance given by the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification.  —  In a significant move, the use of indigenously produced biofuel for military aircraft has been cleared after months of exhaustive ground and flight trials,

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Delhi: Women March Leaders to Biofuel, an Republic Day of Firsts

(Times of India) From the all-women marching contingent of Assam Rifles to the use of biofuel in the aircraft participating in the flypast, the 70th Republic Day had a number of firsts.  … There was also the first-time use of indigenously developed biofuel by the Indian Air Force on Saturday. Its

January 27, 2019 Read Full Article

From Take-Off to Offtake – Driving Sustainable Aviation Fuels to Commercial Scale

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In a tale of two Washingtons, the sustainable aviation fuels movement will gather in Washington state in March and in Washington, D.C. in April to seek breakthroughs in the adoption rate of jet biofuels, which have been stalled for some time between the successful certification/demonstration efforts

January 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Nitin Gadkari Unveils M15 Blending Program at SIAT 2019

by Amit Panday (AutoCar Professional)  Nitin Gadkari: “We are commissioning a Center of Excellence on methanol for ARAI. My ministry will give the required financial assistance to ARAI for this.” SIAT 2019 today saw the presence of Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister (Road Transport & Highways). Gadkari used the platform of

January 22, 2019 Read Full Article
    Global Sustainable Aviation Fuel Summit 2019   —   January 29, 2019   —   New Delhi, India

Global Sustainable Aviation Fuel Summit 2019 — January 29, 2019 — New Delhi, India

The Global Sustainable Aviation Fuels Summit (GSAFS 2019)aims to tackle the most prevalent issues facing the global industry. The summit agenda stimulates learning through panel debates, technical case studies and keynote sessions which ensure you leave with the skills and knowledge required to overcome the challenges currently affecting your business

January 20, 2019 Read Full Article

India Needs to Focus on Alternative Fuels Like Ethanol and Electric, Says Nitin Gadkari

(PTI/Financial Express) Gadkari was speaking at a symposium on ’empowering mobility – the safe and intelligence way’, organised by Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI).  —  Union minister for transport Nitin Gadkari Thursday stressed the importance of moving towards alternative fuels like methanol, ethanol and electric and said that it will

January 18, 2019 Read Full Article

BIO D Is Using Used Cooking Oil to Check Pollution

by Navanwita Bora Sachdev (The Tech Panda)  …  BIO D, in its essence, is a waste management company, which offers a one-stop solution to India for its waste management, reducing the dependency of imported crude oil and fight against pollution. India generates over 150,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) per day.

January 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Project to Convert Used Cooking Oil to Biodiesel in Indore

(Times of India) After Ahmedabad, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in association with RUCO (Repurpose Used Cooking Oil) is coming up with a new project of collecting used cooking oil from restaurants and and converting it into biodiesel in city. READ MORE

January 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Aemetis India Plant Completes Capacity Expansion to 50 million Gallons Per Year of Biodiesel from Lower Cost, High FFA Feedstock

(Aemetis/Globe Newswire) Expanding Demand from India Government and Domestic Customers —  Aemetis, Inc. (“Aemetis” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary has completed a two-year upgrade of the Kakinada, India biodiesel and glycerin plant.  The upgrades to the Kakinada plant included installation of a pre-treatment unit to process

January 10, 2019 Read Full Article

A Geospatial View of Biodiesel Activity

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine provides a visual of prominent project development activities over the past year. READ MORE

January 5, 2019 Read Full Article

IOT Infra Plans to Manufacture Bio-CNG in Tamil Nadu

by Rachita Prasad (Economic Times)  IOT Infrastructure and Energy Services, a joint venture of state run-Indian Oil Corporation and Oiltanking GmbH of Germany, is tweaking its biogas plant to manufacture bio-CNG for vehicles and has plans to set up more greenfield projects for the clean auto fuel. “We have been running

January 4, 2019 Read Full Article

No Plan to Use Bio Fuel in Regular Flights

by Kumar Vikram (New Indian Express)  Four months after experimenting with biofuel to fly aircraft, the government still has no proposal to use this in regular flights. The country’s first ever bio jet fuel-powered flight was successfully tested between Dehradun and Delhi on August 28 last year, paving the way for

January 4, 2019 Read Full Article

India Makes Breakthrough in Biofuel Development

by Haley Zaremba (OilPrice.com)  … The latest headline to come from efforts of scientists around the globe is a new discovery by a team of scientists based in the west Indian city of Pune at the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), which offers a quicker, eco-friendly technique for converting industrial biomass into biodiesel.

January 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Driving Opportunities to Expand the Market

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … We expect a proposed rule in February, followed by a public hearing and comment process. President Donald Trump’s administration has clearly stated its intention to have a rule in place by June 1—when the 2019 summer driving season begins. Our opponents will try

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates around the World 2019

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest today (January 1, 2019) releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 65 countries. The bulk of mandates continue to come from the EU-27, where the Renewable Energy Directive (RED)

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Waste to Energy Major Priority of Govt: Vijay Raghavan

(SME Times)  Principal Scientific Advisor K Vijay Raghavan recently said that waste to energy and scaling up of commercially available technologies are top priorities of Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC). … He cited several successful examples of adoption of local and global technologies such as the 2G

December 27, 2018 Read Full Article

OMCs Blend Record 1.5 Billion Litres Ethanol with Petrol in 2017-18

Ajay Modi (Business Standard)  OMCs had entered into contracts with sugar mills to procure 1.6 billion litres of ethanol during the last ethanol year. … In June this year, the Centre, for the first time, fixed a separate price for ethanol produced from B-heavy molasses and C-heavy molasses. The former, along

December 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Improved Catalyst Can Speed up Conversion of Industrial Biomass into Biofuel

by Monika Kundu Srivastava (TechExplorist)  … Scientists at the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune, have developed a faster, environment-friendly method for conversion of industrial biomass into biodiesel. An organic compound called furfural is produced from agricultural waste biomass like bagasse, cottonseed hulls, sawdust, oat hulls, rice hulls, wheat husk, and bran. Typically furfural

December 19, 2018 Read Full Article

5,000 Compressed Bio Gas Plants Will Be Set up by 2023

(India Brand Equity Foundation)  Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Sunday said around 5,000 Compressed Bio Gas (CBG) plants will be set across the country by 2023. He said these plants meant for extracting biogas from agricultural residue, cattle dung and municipal solid waste will have an estimated annual CBG

December 18, 2018 Read Full Article

India’s First Military Flight Using Blended Bio-Jet Fuel Flown by IAF

(Government of India Ministry of Defence)  On 17 December 2018, Experimental Test Pilots and Test Engineer from IAF’s premier testing establishment ASTE, flew India’s first military flight using blended bio-jet fuel on the An-32 transport aircraft.The project is a combined effort of IAF, DRDO, Directorate General Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA) and

December 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Niti Aayog to Reach out to Cabinet Secretary to Move Methanol Blending Plan

by Yogima Seth Sharma (Economic Times)  Niti Aayog will seek cabinet secretary PK Sinha’s intervention to push blending of methanol with petrol after repeated efforts to persuade the petroleum ministry to go ahead with the proposal failed, a senior government official said.  The official alleged that the petroleum ministry is not

December 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Students Make Biodiesel from Used Vegetable Oil

by Aditi Gyanesh (Times of India) What do you do with vegetable oil after use? Flush it down the drain? You could convert it into biodiesel, as PES University students have been doing for the past three years.  SH Kavitha, PhD student, department of biotechnology, has been converting used vegetable oil from different sources

December 17, 2018 Read Full Article

The Blues of the Green: How Can Biofuel Be Used

by Shailaja Tripathi (The Hindu)  Close on the heels of the experiment done by a SpiceJet flight using biofuel, we take a look at the scope and potential of this green fuel–  … While CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP) is using jatropha seed oil for its biofuel, other tree-borne oils — Nahor

December 17, 2018 Read Full Article

It’s a Bitter End for Sugar as Investors Line Up for 2019 Losses

(Bloomberg) … Millers could make more sugar as oil drop damps ethanol view … The one thing that kept the rout from being even deeper: robust demand for ethanol in Brazil, the world’s biggest sugar grower and exporter. But now that backstop looks like it’s going away. … Cane millers can

December 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Maharashtra Government to Produce Ethanol, CNG from Cashew Apple

(DNA India)  Amidst rising chorus for green fuel, the Maharashtra government has proposed to produce ethanol and compressed natural gas (CNG) through cashew apple and cashew apple cake. The government has shortlisted the coastal districts, Ratnagiri and Sidhudurg, large-scale producers of cashew nuts, to set up two pilot projects. The government

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Collaboration Is the Name of the Game at RSB’s 2018 Annual Meeting – Event Wrap-up

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  Each year RSB brings its community together for the highlight of our calendar: our Annual Meeting. An opportunity to gather our members from many different sectors to discuss and debate the most pressing issues in the development of the sustainable bioeconomy and to make changes to our

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

G20 Countries Must Act Quickly to Decarbonise The Transport Sector

(Agora Verkehrswende)  According to a new report, CO2 emissions from transport are still rising. If immediate action is not taken, more radical measures will be unavoidable in the future.  —   To keep global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius, the world’s leading economies must act immediately to reduce transport emissions.

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article
    2nd EU-India Conference on Advanced Bio Fuels   —   March 15-16, 2019   —   New Delhi, India

2nd EU-India Conference on Advanced Bio Fuels — March 15-16, 2019 — New Delhi, India

The two day Conference on 14th-15th March will be eventually followed by a Technical visit to large scale demonstration renewable fuel plant in India on 16th March. The “2nd EU-India conference on Advanced Bio Fuels” aims to facilitate the deployment of advanced renewable fuels in the EU and India. The

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

India Set to Double Ethanol Blending into Gasoline to 8% in 2018-19: ISMA

by Ratnajyoti Dutta (S&P Global Platts)  India is set to double its blending in the 2018-19 (October-September) season and achieve an 8% blending of ethanol with gasoline following government incentives such as making a higher price mandatory to be offered by state-owned oil companies to sugar mills, industry officials said Tuesday. India,

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Exports Exceeding Expectations

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  U.S. ethanol exports are on a roll. For the third time this year, American ethanol exports have reached record numbers, with the total hitting 1.69 billion gallons (bg) on a rolling 12-month basis, according to Growth Energy. As of October this calendar year, exports totaled 1.41 billion gallons,

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Restriction on Import of Biodiesel and Mixtures Not Applicable on Raw Material, DGFT

(Autocar Professional)  In a big relief to biofuel manufacturers, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has clarified that biofuel manufacturers can import raw material without any restrictions. Hence the restrictions on the import of biodiesel and mixtures, is not applicable to raw material imports, for manufacturing by biofuel manufacturers who

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Paris Riots over Fuel Taxes Dim Hopes for Climate Fight

by Seth Borenstein and Angela Charlton (Associated Press)  The “yellow vests” in France are worrying greens around the world. The worst riots in Paris in decades were sparked by higher fuel taxes, and French President Emmanuel Macron responded by scrapping them Wednesday. But taxes on fossil fuels are just what international climate

December 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Delhi Air Quality May Suffer as State Yet to Allow More Ethanol Storage

by Sanjeev Choudhary (Economic Times)  Delhi will run out of environment-friendly ethanol supplies for blending with petrol in the next few days as the capital’s local government is not allowing oil firms to store adequate quantities, raising the risk of vehicular emissions in an already-polluted capital.  Delhi has experienced severe air pollution

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

CM Expressed Determination to Cut Oil-Bill through Generating Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil

(Information Department, Gujarat/CMO Gujarat)  Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Vijaybhai Rupani today expressed determination to reduce country’s crude-oil bill by generating cheaper bio-diesel from used cooking oil. He was speaking at an inaugural function of the ‘Swasth Bharat Mela’ (Healthy India Fair) organized in Ahmedabad this evening. In this reference, Mr. Rupani

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Renmatix, Gevo Ink Deal to Develop Cellulosic Hydrocarbons for Jet Fuel, Gasoline Markets

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We have word bubbling up simultaneously from Pennsylvania and Colorado that Gevo and Renmatix inked a joint development agreement to evaluate the commercial feasibility of creating renewable jet fuel by integrating Renmatix’s Plantrose Process with Gevo’s GIFT technology and alcohol to jet process. The key word

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Closed Doors, Open Windows: Tariffs in China and Brazil …

by Lisa Gibons (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Tariffs in China and Brazil have deeply affected U.S. ethanol exports, but other markets remain, new ones are opening and opportunities still abound for the world’s lowest-cost octane. Despite a 20 percent tariff rate quota implemented in 2017, Brazil has continued to purchase significant amounts

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Back Food Min to Seek further 74-bln-rupee Loan for 168 Ethanol Projects

By Ashna Mishra (Cogencis)  After facilitating a soft loan of 61.39 bln rupees, the food ministry will soon seek Cabinet approval to facilitate additional loans worth around 74 bln to sugar mills to enhance their ethanol production capacity, sources said. The loans would cost the government around 16 bln rupees as interest

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Celtic Renewables Signs Deal to Use Pioneering Biofuel to Clean up India’s Brewing Industry

by Kenny Kemp (insider.co.uk)  The partnership between Martin Tangney’s company and Indian renewables firm Dross Energy will help clean up sacred river Ganges  —  Celtic Renewables and Dross Energy signed a Memorandum Of Understanding at the Indian Water Summit, a event focused around tackling the pollution issues in the Ganges river A

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

‘CSIR Searching for Commercial Partner to Run Flights on Biofuel’

by Santosh Patnaik (The Hindu)  Move will help India reduce oil import bill to almost zero, says CSIR D-G — The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the largest research and scientific body in the country, is scouting for a commercial partner to run commercial and defence aircraft on biofuel,

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Government to Raise Target for Ethanol Blending of Petrol

(Economic Times)  The government intends to further increase the target level for the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) programme that aims to bring down India’s imports of petroleum products, as also provide cleaner fuel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.  State-run oil marketing companies (OMCs) currently implement the EBP programme with

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Betting on Ethanol, Brazilian Mills Turn Sour on Sugar

by Ana Ionova and Marcelo Teixeira (Reuters) Brazilian sugar companies are increasing their capacity to produce ethanol in the face of depressed global sugar prices and government policies expected to boost demand for the biofuel. A shift to ethanol in the 2018-19 season slashed Brazil’s sugar output by 9 million tonnes to

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Govt Allows Ethanol Extraction for Blending from Foodgrains, Too

(The Hindu Business Line)  With maize, jawar, bajra in blended petrol programme, farmers’ income may get a boost  —   The Centre has extended the ambit of the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) programme to extract the fuel from surplus quantities of maize, jawar, bajra and fruit/vegetable waste. This decision was taken on

November 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Scania Sues Nagpur Municipal Corporation for Dues, Bank Guarantee

by Anjaya Anparthi (Times of India)  Swedish bus maker Scania Commercial Vehicles India Pvt Ltd sued Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to prevent the latter from forfeiting its bank guarantee of Rs 7.50 crore. This also means Scania has no intention of resuming the green bus project, nation’s first in which ethanol-run buses were plying

November 23, 2018 Read Full Article

UP Sugar Mills to Add Ethanol Plants, Distilleries from Next Year: Yogi

by Virendra Singh Rawat (Business Standard)  Blames previous governments for shutting, selling off state sugar mills  —  Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday announced that the state sugar sector would witness the setting up of ethanol and distillery plants from next year for greater commercial viability. Owing to sugar market glut and

November 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Bombay High Court Relieves Restriction on Selling BS6 Bio Fuels in India

by Chethan Thimmappa (GaadiKey)  With this landmark order by Bombay High Court, bio fuel manufacturers will now be able to directly sell provided they meet the required quality standard without any restrictions and hence the market accessibility increases  —  Bombay High Court in a land mark ruling relieves the restriction of MSHSD

November 23, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Aemetis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aemetis owns and operates 110 million gallons per year of ethanol and biodiesel facilities in the US and India, and is upgrading the plants using patented technology to produce lower carbon, higher value advanced biofuels and chemicals using lower cost, non-food energy sources and feedstocks. Of

November 23, 2018 Read Full Article

‘Breakthrough’ Harvesting Solution, Growing Market, Potential beyond Biodiesel – All Good Signs for Castor Oil’s Future

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  A ‘breakthrough’ mechanical harvesting solution for castor bean plants was developed by Evogene and agricultural equipment manufacturer, Fantini s.r.l., resulting in the removal of a major bottleneck in the conversion of castor beans into a fully modernized commercial crop. With field trial yield losses decreasing significantly

November 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Plant to Convert E-Waste into Biofuel to Be Made Operational Soon: Harsh Vardhan

(Economic Times)  Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said Saturday a plant to covert plastic waste into bio-diesel will soon be made operational at the Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP) in Dehradun. He was speaking at the International E-Waste Day event organised by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). “The plant has been set

November 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Deal Inked for Biofuel Research

(The Hindu)  The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has signed a three-year, Rs. 11 crore deal with The Energy and Research Institute to set up a centre to produce “advanced biofuels and bio-commodities.” This is the fifth such dedicated centre for bioenergy-research and development set up by the Department. The others are

November 10, 2018 Read Full Article

NGT Directs Centre to Consider Plea Seeking Compulsory 10 Per Cent Ethanol Blending of Petrol

(Times Now News)  The plea claimed that the government had a project for compulsory blending but only two per cent of blending has been happening. It said that more blending will reduce pollution and also reduce the cost of fuel  —  The National Green Tribunal has directed the Centre to consider a

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Evofuel and Fantini s.r.l Announce Breakthrough in Mechanical Harvesting for Castor Bean

(Evogene Ltd./Globe Newswire)  Mechanical harvesting is a major bottleneck in conversion of castor bean to a fully modernized commercial crop; Combination of Fantini s.r.l Harvester with Evofuel proprietary varieties has demonstrated in field trials significant improvement in yield loss  —  Evofuel Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Evogene Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: EVGN),

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

2018 State of the Industry: ABLC Global Kickoff Presentation and Remarks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Where is the industry right now?What are the 25 Key trends, how the industry is organizing, what’s up, what’s hot, what’s down, and what 6 Future Technologies should we keep a sharp eye on?  Let’s take a look.  … It has an array of players —

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Federal Investments in Algae Cultivation Technologies Paying Big Dividends

by Matt Carr (Algae Biomass Organization/Biofuels Digest)  Algae-derived products and technologies are on the cusp of changing nearly everything. Algae will transform how we eat; will make the materials in your shoes more sustainable; provide fuel for vehicles and planes; recycle greenhouse gases and deliver many more products that have yet to be commercialized. … There is a

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

From Pakoras to Mobility: How BIOD Energy Is Converting Cooking Oil into Biodiesel!

by Abhilasha Singh (Financial Express)  India is a fast-growing economy, the need for energy is constantly on the rise. Considering that fossil fuel reserves are depleting along with their impact on the environment, India needs long-term solutions for renewable energy. — Bio D Energy, as the name suggests, is working to make bio-diesel

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Can Ethanol Change Business Dynamics for Sugar Industry?

by Yash Upadhyaya (Bloomberg Quint)  … The central government in May had asked oil marketers to target 10 percent blending of ethanol with petrol as part of a national policy for biofuels. In September, it hiked the procurement price of ethanol by nearly 25 percent, spelling relief for sugar mills that

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Sharing The Octane Advantage Of Ethanol With World Markets

(U.S. Grains Council)  … Global markets vary greatly in their experiences with ethanol, from fully realizing the advantages of increased ethanol use to continued reliance on expensive and environmentally harmful fossil fuel additives. The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) wants countries around the world to look to ethanol when their government and

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Energy Outlook through 2040

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The BP Energy Outlook explores the forces shaping the global energy transition out to 2040 and the key uncertainties surrounding that transition. It shows how rising prosperity drives an increase in global energy demand and how that demand will be met over the coming decades through

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

DBT Set up the Fifth Centre of Excellence in Bioenergy

(India Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology)  Memorandum of Understanding was exchanged between Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India and The Energy and Research Institute (TERI) today (31st October 2018) for setting up of India’s first ever DBT–TERI Centre for Integrated Production of Advanced Biofuels

November 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Indian Institute of Millet Research to Use Sweet Sorghum to Boost Ethanol Production

(New Indian Express)  Sweet sorghum is a variety of sorghum or jowar/jonna, which has high sugar levels in its stalk thus making it useful for processing of ethanol.  —  With the country falling short of ethanol production from sugarcane with respect to the  Ethanol Blending Programme — to sell petrol mixed with

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Governor Lays Foundation for Ethanol Bio-Refinery

(New Indian Express)  The plant is dedicated to the welfare of tribals and farmers in the State, he said.  —  Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal laid the foundation stone for the second generation (2G) ethanol Bio-Refinery of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) in presence of Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan

October 30, 2018 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR PAPERS:  Global Summit on Waste to Energy (GSWE-2019) — February 28 – March 1, 2019 — New Delhi, India    DEADLINE: unclear

CALL FOR PAPERS: Global Summit on Waste to Energy (GSWE-2019) — February 28 – March 1, 2019 — New Delhi, India DEADLINE: unclear

The Global Summit on Waste to Energy (GSWE-2019) brings together its best ever faculty of international Waste to Energy CEOs, developers, bankers, private equity financiers, technology providers and industrial end users for two days of intensive networking. With a firm focus on advanced conversion technologies, the summit addresses the need

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article
    Global Summit on Waste to Energy (GSWE-2019)   —   February 28 – March 1, 2019   —   New Delhi, India

Global Summit on Waste to Energy (GSWE-2019) — February 28 – March 1, 2019 — New Delhi, India

The Global Summit on Waste to Energy (GSWE-2019) brings together its best ever faculty of international Waste to Energy CEOs, developers, bankers, private equity financiers, technology providers and industrial end users for two days of intensive networking. With a firm focus on advanced conversion technologies, the summit addresses the need

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Shut Down Sugar Mills in State to See Revival: Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa

(Punjab News Express)  The Punjab Government would go all out to convert loss making cooperative sugar mills into the complexes manufacturing besides sugar other things such as ethanol, power and liquor as per the availability of the sugarcane at the various places across the state. This decision was taken here today

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Analyst: Ethanol Industry Has Room to Grow: Exports on Pace to Shatter Last Year’s Record.

by Daniel Grant (FarmWeekNow) The rate of growth for the U.S. ethanol industry may have slowed in recent years, but it’s far from over, according to Bill Holbrook, senior analyst for ProExporter. Production capacity continues to grow as producers look to overseas markets to export ethanol and one of its key co-products,

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

No Commercial Permit for Vehicles Plying on Ethanol

by Dipak K Dash (Times of India)  Electric-battery operated vehicles and the ones running on 100% ethanol or methanol will now not require commercial permits from the state transport departments. … “The exemption to get a permit will liberalise the plying of of vehicles and we will see increase in the number

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Concept to Construction and Exports are Crucial

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In the U.S. ethanol industry, three plants are under construction, while a fourth makes its way through the permitting process. — In an industry with more than 200 existing plants, four new projects is a small figure. Greenfield ethanol plant development is in a lull,

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

IIHA Invests Rs 1100 cr for Hemp Cultivation in U’khand

(Web India)  Commemorating India’s first hemp cultivation licence awarded to Indian Industrial Hemp Association (IIHA), the organisation on Monday announced an investment of Rs 1100 crore on industrial hemp in Uttarakhand in next five years with a speculated employment generation for more than 90,000 people in the state. With an aim

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Changing Face of US Ethanol Export Markets

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Historically, India and Brazil have been two major export destinations for ethanol produced in the United States. All the while, both India and Brazil are stepping up efforts to produce more ethanol. In India this week, stocks in sugarcane companies spiked in anticipation of

October 20, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell’s UOP and Biomass-to-Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating power, transportation fuel and heating oil from biomass using pyrolysis. UOP also owns a Renewable Energy &

October 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Edible Barcodes, DARPA’s Modified Crops, Insects, Pivit Bio Raises $70M, Rice Straw Ethanol, Renewable Concrete, Automated Indoor Farming, Biobased Hairstyling, Silkworms Making Spider Silk: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of October 17th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of October 17th  —  In today’s Digest, edible barcodes, DARPA’s modifying crops, insects, Pivit Bio raises $70M, rice straw ethanol, renewable concrete, automated indoor farming, biobased hairstyling,

October 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Indian Oil Corporation Gets Land for Ethanol Production from Biowaste

(Times of India)  UP cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to allocate 50 acre land to Indian Oil Corporation on a 30-year lease for production of ethanol from biowaste.  The plot identified for the ethanol plant is part of the property of the Ghuriapar Farmer Cooperative Sugar Mill in Gorakhpur which has

October 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol – A Solution to Pakistan’s Power Woes

By Umer Khayyam and Tehzeeb Bano (The Express Tribune)  … Carbon dioxide/greenhouse gas emissions, generated from the burning of fossil fuels, are increasing in Third World societies like Pakistan. … To negate the negative atmospheric results of non-renewable energy sources, global and regional societies have to look for infinite and less

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

How Biofuels Can Help Struggling Airlines

by Josh Lew (Mother Nature Network)  As oil prices rise, airlines look to biofuels to protect their bottom lines.  —  … Today, airlines are bracing for a fuel price rise. For example, American Airlines cited rising fuel prices when it announced cutbacks on transpacific routes this year. As a result, even more airline companies

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Asia’s Climate Arsenal: Are Biofuels Back?

by Beth Walker (The Third Pole)  Biofuels will dominate future growth in renewables and are essential for decarbonizing the most difficult sectors; China and India should lead the way, argues new EIA report  —  … Bioenergy from liquid biofuels and biogas will continue to lead growth in renewable energy consumption to 2023,

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Nitin Gadkari: Use Biofuel for Public Transport

(Times of India)  Referring to country’s high fuel import bill and rising oil prices, Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari said that Uttar Pradesh, being the largest producer of sugarcane and having a huge potential for manufacturing ethanol, should run all its public transport on biofuel. … Blaming the burning

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

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

by Nirmalya Behera (Business Standard)  About 12 such refineries are proposed in different states in the country. Odisha is the first state where the construction of the projects is going to start  —  State-run oil company Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) plans to commission its second generation (2G) ethanol bio-refinery at Odisha’s Bargarh district by December 2020. The project

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

KOKO Networks Invests in Saarus to Commercially Roll Out Ethanol Cookstoves in India

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Kenya, KOKO Networks Ltd. announced a strategic investment in Saarus Innovations Pvt. Ltd., a product design and manufacturing company headquartered in Ahmedabad, India. KOKO and Saarus have collaborated closely in recent years. In particular, Saarus helped design, develop and manufacture KOKO’s patent-pending bio-ethanol powered cookstove, which

October 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Indian Air Force to Use Biofuel-Blended ATF to Curb Import Bill

(Sputnik News) … The Indian Air Force (IAF) will soon start using ethanol blended air turbine fuel (ATF) to fly its transport aircraft like the Antonov-32; joining the call by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to increase the use of biofuels and ethanol-blended fuel to lower import costs. “We have discussed the plan to use ethanol blended

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Yogi Govt Clears Six Biofuel Investment Proposals Worth Rs 17 Billion

by Virendra Singh Rawat  (Business Standard)  These projects include a mega biofuel plant by SunLight Fuels spanning 90 acres in Sitapur, and costing Rs 15.5 bn —  In a boost to its green energy roadmap, the Yogi Adityanath government has cleared six biofuel investment proposals worth almost Rs 17 billion. These private projects are proposed to be

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

India’s Ethanol Consumption for Fuel at All-Time High, Lags Goals: USDA

by Joshua Pedrick (S&P Global Platts) The volume of ethanol blended with gasoline is at an all-time high in India thanks to the government allowing a new feedstock in the production process, but continues to lag goals, the US Department of Agriculture said Monday. … The country could reach an ethanol

October 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Indonesia Biodiesel Output Could Jump 40 pct in 2019

(The Star)  Indonesia’s biodiesel production could rise to 7 million tonnes in 2019, up 40 percent from an estimated 5 million tonnes this year, due to a new programme to boost local biodiesel consumption, said an Indonesian ministry official on Thursday. The world’s largest palm oil producer launched an initiative in

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Haryana Signs MoU with Indian Oil for Ethanol Plant

(Money Control)  The initiative at village Bohali with a proposed capacity of 100 kilolitres of ethanol per day will manage crop residue and prevent straw burning before the upcoming paddy season, an official release said.  —  The Haryana government on September 10 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to set

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

State to Provide Biogas Subsidies in Rural Areas

by Parul Kulshrestha (Times of India)  Rajasthan, which has to meet a target of 3,700 household Biogas plants in the state under the National Biogas and Management Programme (NBMMP), has announced to provide subsidies for same.  The National Biogas Policy that came into force from May 30  is primarily for rural households where

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

India Rising to the Top of the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To measure the impact that advanced biofuels are having in India, consider that the World Biofuels Day program featured, on stage, Prime Minister Modi, the minister for agriculture, the minister for road transport & highways, shipping and river development; the minister of consumer affairs and food;

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Delhi Gurudwaras to Set up Biofuel Plant for Kitchen Waste

(DNA India)  Following the footsteps of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) in Amritsar the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee will now set up biogas plants in all the gurudwara complexes in Delhi. The form of energy is considered as one of the most environment friendly and can also be procured easily.

September 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Indonesia Halts All New Palm Oil Plantations for 3 Years

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … The battle continues between the European Union and its anti-palm oil stance due to deforestation and environmental issues, and Indonesia, the leading palm oil producing country whose farmers and businesses rely heavily on palm oil. With Indonesia fighting hard to keep palm oil shipments going

September 24, 2018 Read Full Article

PLN Told to Convert Fossil Diesel Power Plants to CPO-Diesel Fuel

(Jakarta Post)  Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan called on state-owned electricity firm PLN on Monday to covert energy plants powered by fossil diesel fuel to plants powered by crude palm oil-based biodiesel. “I expect that within two years from now PLN can convert its 2,000 MW power plants, especially

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation Plans to Use Biodiesel in 220 Buses

by S Lalitha (Indian Express)  To tackle the soaring fuel prices, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is set to fuel 220 buses either partially or fully on biodiesel. Its 8,750-strong fleet of buses presently consume an average of six to seven lakh litres of high speed diesel (HSD) daily. KSRTC

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Reaping Profits from Microalgal Biorefineries

by Annie Megan Santamaria (Research Matters)  Biorefineries which run on microalgae make for unconventional alternatives to satisfy our ever-growing thirst for energy. Studies in the past have proved that producing only biodiesel from microalgae biomass is non-profitable, and hence not sustainable. However, there is a growing market for coproducts produced during the

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Now, Biofuel from Barapullah Drain Sewage

(Hindustan Times) Though this is a demonstration project, ICT scientists say its capacity can be increased to treat the entire Barapullah drain water. — In a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, wastewater from drains will be used to produce biofuel. Science and technology minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday launched a project wherein

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Firm to Generate Power from Solid Waste in Patna

Faryal Rumi (Times of India)  The empowered standing committee of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Thursday approved a proposal to hire a  a Delhi-based firm to set up a solid waste management plant  at Ramachak Bairiya on Patna-Gaya road. The company, AG Dauters Waste Processing Private Limited, will set up an iintegrated

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Need to Propel Biofuel Production to Curb Crude Oil Imports

(Times of India)  Union Minister Nitin Gadkari Friday said tribals were being  encouraged to accumulate non-edibile seeds for producing biofuel as the government looks to reduce dependence on crude oil imports. As India incurred a huge Rs 8 lakh crore bill on crude imports, tribals are being urged to accumulate non-edibile

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Shree Renuka Sugars Plans To Expand Ethanol Capacity By 25%

by Sai Ishwarbharath (Bloomberg Quint)  Shree Renuka Sugars Ltd. plans to capitalise on the Union Cabinet’s approval to hike the procurement price of ethanol. “We currently manufacture 12 crore litres of ethanol. We intend to increase the capacity by 25-30 percent in the next six to eight months,” said Atul Chaturvedi, executive

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Electric Vehicles, Green Automobiles to Be Exempted from Permit Requirements, Says Nitin Gadkari

(Business Today India)  Vehicles using electricity or ethanol, biodiesel, CNG, methanol and biofuel need not apply for permits, said Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. — The government has decided to keep electric vehicles and automobiles running on alternative fuels out of the ambit of permit requirements in order to boost public

September 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Govt to Exempt Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuel-Powered Vehicles from Permit Requirements: Gadkari

(PTI/India TV)  Urging automakers to focus in this direction, the minister said demand for EVs could also be created by mandating cab aggregators like Ola and Uber to induct a certain percentage of such vehicles in their fleet.  —  The government has decided to exempt electric vehicles (EVs) and automobiles run on

September 7, 2018 Read Full Article

India to Have 10,000 CNG Stations in Next 10 Years, on Track to Adapt Cleaner Fuels: Dharmendra Pradhan

by Bilal Abdi (Economic Times Energy World)   Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday said the country was on its way to construct more than 10,000 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in the coming decade. He was speaking at an event held by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers.  … Speaking on

September 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Special Issue: Using an Ecosystem Services Perspective to Assess Biofuel Sustainability

(SEI.org)  This special issue of the journal Biomass and Bioenergy attempts to fill research gaps on the sustainability implications of liquid biofuel production, applying an ecosystem services perspective  —  …  The 14 papers included in the special issue provide novel and original contributions that help to fill some of these research gaps by employing

September 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Maruti, IOC Join Hands for Biofuel Blend, Engine Efficiency

by Ronendra Sing and Richa Mishra (The Hindu Business Line)  With consumers demanding cost-effective and fuel-efficient vehicles, and the government pushing for cleaner fuel as well as reducing import dependence, the onus is now on auto makers and oil refiners to offer such products. In keeping with this demand, auto makers, including

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Rotten Potatoes: That’s the Government’s Answer to Your Rising Fuel Bill

by Garima Singh (Economic Times)  … While the government is hoping the rally in global rates declines soon, it is also looking at alternatives to lessen future pinches. This explains its current interest in rotten potatoes.  You heard it right. India often overproduces potatoes which find no buyers. The common spectacle of

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Producers Ready to Meet B20 Demand

(Jakarta Post)  Biodiesel companies have confirmed that they are ready to meet the recently established quota for biodiesel as part of the government’s efforts to expand the mandatory use of B20 fuel starting in September. “There’s absolutely no problem. The fatty acid metyl ester [FAME] industry doesn’t take any issue whatsoever,”

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Government Puts Restrictions on Export of Bio-Fuels

(PTI/Financial Express)  The government today (August 29, 2018) imposed restrictions on export of bio-fuels within days of putting similar conditions for its imports. A licence is required for both exports and imports of bio-fuels. … India exported ethyl alcohol worth USD 276.35 million in 2017-18 as against USD 224 million in

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Sustainable Biofuels Innovation Challenge Funding Opportunity Announcement DEADLINE: September 15, 2015

(Mission Innovation India)  Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative of 23 countries and the European Union to accelerate the global clean energy innovation. As a part of this initiative, the participating countries have committed to double their government’s clean energy research and development (R&D) investments over five years while

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

India to Soon Announce Bio Jet Fuel Policy, Says Nitin Gadkari

by Bhanvi Arora (Bloomberg Quint)  India will soon announce a policy—including deciding on a Goods and Services Tax rate—on the use of bio-fuel in aviation to reduce oil imports, said Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. “The Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) has given primacy to bio-fuels and alternative fuels,” the Union minister for road

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Gadkari Gets Scania to Stay, Green Buses to Return

by Proshun Chakraborty (Times of India)  Nagpur: City MP and Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari has apparently prevailed upon Swedish bus operator Scania to continue plying Green buses, according to NMC transport manager Shivaji Jagtap.  The company had decided to wind  up operations in Nagpur citing non-compliance of various conditions of contract by

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Pump Inaugurated on Mumbai-Pune Expressway

by Chittaranjan Tembhekar (Times of India)  The first GST-compliant biodiesel fuel pump with digital wallet payment facility for cashless transactions has become operational for motorists along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway near Khalapur. READ MORE

August 24, 2018 Read Full Article

India’s First Biofuel Flight Could Fly on Monday from Dehrad

by Saurabh Sinha  (Times of India)  India could see its first ever biofuel flight on Monday with SpiceJet planning to operate a turborporp, Q-400, from Dehradun to Delhi using this sustainable alternative.  READ MORE India to join elite club on Monday with first biofuel flight between Dehradun and Delhi (Economic Times) India

August 24, 2018 Read Full Article

DGFT Bans Bio-Fuel Imports for Fuel Purposes

(The Hindu Business Line)  The Directorate-General of Foreign Trade has banned the import of bio-fuels being used to run vehicles. It, however, allowed imports of bio-fuels for ‘non-fuel’ purposes. The notification will result in the import policy on bio-fuels being revised from ‘free’ to ‘restricted’ and for non-fuel purpose on actual

August 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Brazil’s Premium on Ethanol Will Have India Become the World’s Largest Sugar Producer

(MercoPress)  Brazil will likely step down to become the world’s second-largest sugar producer on low global sugar prices and higher profitability and strong demand for ethanol, according to a report by Brazilian consulting company JOB Economia e Planejamento.  Market incentives for stronger ethanol production in Brazil, combined with expectations of

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

FSSAI Launches RUCO Initiative to Collect, Convert Used Cooking Oil into Biofuel.

(GK Today)  The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) launched RUCO (Repurpose Used Cooking Oil) initiative to enable collection and conversion of used cooking oil to biodiesel. Under this initiative, 64 companies at 101 locations have been identified to enable collection of used cooking oil. … The initiative was launched

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Govt Pushes for Ethanol, Sugar Mills Say It’s Unviable

Chiranjeevi Kulkarni (Deccan Herald News Service)  The Centre’s push for ethanol, touted as an effective tool to cut oil imports, may not get a positive response from sugar mills with owners expressing concerns about 28% GST on molasses and low subsidy for transportation of the spirit. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL)

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Japanese Startup Cultivates E-Money Platform for Asian farmers

by Akane Okutsu (Nikkei Asian Review)  Japanese startup Nippon Biodiesel Fuel is set to launch its AgriNet website that connects farmers with other sectors — such as agrimarkets, equipment dealers and banks — transforming the way agricultural regions do business. Among other functions, the website will allow villages to sell crop yields

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

It’s End of Road for Green Bus as Scania Pulls out of NMC Net

by Shubham Nagdeve (Nagpur Today)  Ethanol-run Green bus service, the ambitious project of Union Minister for road and transport and highways Nitin Gadkari seems to have failed drastically in Nagpur. Scania, the Swedish bus maker company issued its termination notice to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) stating they are not likely to run

August 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Units Plan to Start Operations in Oct Following Govt Relaxation

by Dilip Kumar Jha (Business Standard)  To add 250 mn litres of new capacity to the existing 2,750 million litres  —  … Encouraged by the government’s decision to allow the production of ethanol directly from sugarcane, independent distilleries are planning to commence operations in October this year. In the past years, distilleries

August 14, 2018 Read Full Article

BPCL Gets Green Nod for Rs 747 Crore Ethanol Project in Odisha

(Economic Times Auto)  The ethanol bio-refinery with a capacity of 100 kilo litre per day (KLPD) will be set up at Baulsingha village in Bargarh disrict in an area of 58.44 acres.  —  State-run Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) has been given green nod for setting up a second generation ethanol plant in Odisha

August 14, 2018 Read Full Article

HAPPY WORLD BIOFUEL DAY! World Bio-Fuel Day 2018 Observed Globally

World Biofuel day to be observed on 10th August 2018 The World Bio-Fuel Day was observed across the world on August 10, 2018 with an aim to create awareness about non fossil-fuels (green fuels). The day highlights the importance of non-fossil fuels as alternative to conventional fossil fuels and highlights the

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels to Boost Farm Income, Energy Security, Help Create Jobs: PM Modi

by Utpal Bhaskar  (Live Mint)  Centre plans to invest Rs 10,000 crore and build 12 biofuel refineries  —  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said biofuels will help boost farm income, aid India’s energy security and create jobs, in a cleaner environment. Speaking at an event to mark the World Biofuel Day, Modi

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Sweet Sorghum Complementing Ethanol Production in Sugar Mills

(ICRISAT)  To help the government achieve the national ethanol blending targets of 20% by 2017, private sugar mills and the public sector research institutes are collaborating with ICRISAT to identify and test sweet sorghum varieties suitable for ethanol production. A total of seven sugar mills are associated with ICRISAT in this

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

German Chancellor Fellowship for Tomorrow’s Leaders DEADLINE: September 15, 2018

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship program is targeted at recent university graduates from the U.S. and other countries who have an international outlook and initial leadership experience. The fellowships give graduates the opportunity to spend a year in Germany networking with other prospective leaders from abroad and

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

The Top 10 Advances in Renewable Butanol: What’s Speeding up, Where Are the Slow-Downs?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Portugal comes the news that SilicoLife was awarded with a SME instrument phase 1 grant for the commercial evaluation of its BUTANOVA technology, a new biological process to produce n-butanol. BUTANOVA technology consists on a novel and proprietary metabolic pathway designed computationally by SilicoLife and

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article
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