News Category: Bioethanol News
January 4, 2017
A group of students from Philippines-based St Louis University have created alternative fuel derived from the taro plant, locally known as gabi. According to media reports in The Filipino Times, Joji Tateoka, John Cyril Paco, Gregory Jones Ochoada, John Paul Galong, and Keanu Verzosa received the Business... [Read More]

January 4, 2017
The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) has sent a petition to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting that it waives its 2016 cellulosic biofuels volumes “due to an inadequate domestic supply of such fuel”. According to the trade body that represents oil and high-tech American... [Read More]

December 21, 2016
Brazil-based oil company Petrobras has agreed to sell its 49% stake in the sugar and ethanol joint venture Nova Fronteira Bioenergia SA to partner São Martinho SA.  Petrobras will receive 24 million new São Martinho shares as payment for the stake. Petrobras said in the filing that... [Read More]

December 20, 2016
The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) has named Emmanuel Desplechin as its new secretary general effective immediately, replacing Robert Wright. Desplechin, who joined ePURE in 2013, had previously been the association’s director for government affairs, and has a long career in the ethanol sector. Prior to joining ePURE,... [Read More]

December 15, 2016
Recent data from the US Department of Energy (DOE) shows that gasoline consumed in 25 states and the District of Columbia contained more than 10% ethanol on average in 2015, demonstrating that the so-called “E10 Blend Wall” continues to crumble. The national average ethanol blend rate... [Read More]

December 13, 2016
The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA), an agency run by the Philippines government, is urging players in the industry to invest more in power co-generation and production of bioethanol from sugarcane amid volatile sugar prices in the world market. SRA policy and planning manager Rosemarie Gumera said the... [Read More]

December 9, 2016
Indian process solutions company Praj has entered on Wednesday into a binding agreement for cost sharing with Indian Oil Corp. (IOC) to set up two bioethanol plants. These second-generation (2G) bioethanol plants – one to be located at Panipat, Haryana, and one at Dahej, Gujarat – will... [Read More]

December 6, 2016
China is aiming to produce 4 million tonnes of ethanol by 2020, doubling output from the current level, even as it keeps tight control over the use of food grains to make the biofuel, according to a plan published by China’s National Energy Administration. According to Reuters,... [Read More]

December 2, 2016
Synata Bio, a newly formed Illinois energy company, has won the auction to purchase Abengoa Bioenergy’s Kansas cellulosic ethanol plant for $48.5 million (€45.5m). With its final offer, Synata outbid Shell Oil Company’s $40.8 million offer by nearly $8 million, according to court documents. Synata now owns cellulosic... [Read More]

November 30, 2016
Claims from consumer advocates that Queensland motorists will pay millions more for fuel each year after the introduction of the State Government’s ethanol mandate are misleading and misinformed, Larissa Rose, managing Director of the Queensland Renewable Fuels Association, has said.   Rose maintained that Queensland motorists... [Read More]

November 28, 2016
An ethanol factory owned by Thai Agro Energy based in Dan Chang, Thailand, has been ordered to partly suspend operations until it corrects procedures after local residents complained of hydrogen sulphide emissions. According to the Bangkok Post, an industry ministry inspection at the plant found hydrogen sulphide... [Read More]

November 23, 2016
Spanish ethanol producer Abengoa is asking a US bankruptcy court to prevent legal action and future claims by creditors who are unsatisfied with a $10 billion (€9.4bn) debt restructuring plan. The Spanish company with a global renewable energy footprint put its US subsidiaries in Chapter 11 protection this... [Read More]

November 23, 2016
Oil giant Shell and Brazilian bioethanol company Cosan have reached an agreement to strengthen their sugarcane ethanol joint venture (JV), Raízen, in Brazil, through a change in its contractual structure. The partners have agreed to remove the mutual time-bound buyout options included in the original JV agreement,... [Read More]

November 23, 2016
Hungarian bioethanol producer Pannonia Ethanol has announced that it has successfully completed a €135 million credit facility agreement with a consortium of Hungarian banks. The facility will support expansion at the company’s Dunaföldvár, Hungary biorefinery, investment in new projects, cost reduction, additional jobs, and increases in both... [Read More]

November 21, 2016
Indian state-run fuel retailers Indian Oil Corp. (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp. (BPC), and Hindustan Petroleum Corp. (HPC) will set up around seven second-generation (2G) ethanol plants across the country. The plants will be set up at a cost of Rs40 billion (€552.7m) and will help enhance ethanol availability for... [Read More]

November 18, 2016
Exports of US ethanol began with notable growth in the first month of the new marketing year, according to recent data published by US Department of Agriculture’s Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS).  The top three customers of US ethanol in September 2016 were Canada, Brazil,... [Read More]

November 17, 2016
Millions of Americans preparing for Thanksgiving next week are undoubtedly noticing that dinner will cost less than it did a year ago. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), overall grocery prices are roughly 2% lower than at this time last year, and prices specifically for... [Read More]