There’s a piece entitled Why the Promise of Biofuels is a lie by Robert Bryce. It is pretty anti biofuels, mainly ethanol, it doesn’t talk about biodiesel. It is worth looking at for the way it pulls together a couple of sources on the plight of Brazilian sugar cane harvesters. Their lot is pretty hard. But […]
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Greentech Media has a story about sugar cane ethanol from Peru, potentially being exported to the US. I think it is doubtful for a number of reasons… The delivered cost to a coastal blending plant in the US,would have to be competitive with home grown US ethanol. If it is competitive then the US has […]
The Philippines Sguar Regulatory Administration is working on a plan to connect biofuel producers with sugar mills and planters in the country to use up excess sugar. The plan is scheduled to be implemented in the first half of next year.I think that this is an excellent principle, to use sugar (which offers sweetness and […]
The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation wants subsisidies, tariffs and tax-breaks for biofuels production examined and possibly reduced in a press release which marks the publication of its annual report The State of Food. That report makes a compelling case for the use of cellulosic routes to biofuels, and by implication for much greater […]
There’s an interesting story about Pakistani sugar cane growers making ethanol to power an electricity generation station from the Associated Press of Pakistan. Could this model be used elsewhere? Thanks to rsteenblik.
Thanks to Draka for this information on the state of ethanol production in India from Current Science. As Draka says, in a comment below, sugar cane takes a lot of water to grow.
The Gallagher Review into biofuels has a view on how the diversion of food into biofuel crops affects prices but its not clear. Partly that’s because it’s economics (if predicting the weather is hard, why do economists try to produce simple models when meteorologists don’t? )Gallagher says that the apparent impact of biofuels on food prices […]
A preliminary study on biofuel production in Mozambique has suggestedthat the most appropriate crops to use would be sunflower, sugar caneand sweet sorghum, according to a repot in allAfrica.com. The report points out the difficulty of trying to grow a fuel crop which is also a food crop: Iberol had intended to produce biofuels from […]
According to the Guardian online, Brazil’s sugar cane plantations are going to be increasingly mechanised, leading to job losses in the cane cutters.
According to Planet Ark, yesterday India’s cabinet started allowing sugar companies to manufacture ethanol directly from sugarcane juice to aid mills struggling with surplus stocks. Until now, ethanol was produced entirely from the sugarcane byproduct, molasses. Looks like they’re solving a sticky situation… (sorry) more seriously it is interesting that the volume of ethanol to […]