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 Sugar Regulatory Authority has decided to set up a new classification for sugar to be used for biofuels. It looks like a way of properly accounting for sugar which would otherwise be counted as exports. Sugar production in the 2007-2008 crop year hit a 25-year-high of 2.455 million tonnes, which resulted in a […]
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 […]
In a statement issued late last week, Syngenta said it is developing a new technology todramatically improve the cost efficiency of sugar cane planting inBrazil. Syngenta´s innovation would reduce planting costs per hectareby some 15%, driven by a novel approach to grow sugar cane from smallercane segments using proprietary treatments. The technology is plannedfor launch […]
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 […]
Syngenta has unveiled a new tropical sugar beet that produces around as much sugar as cane, the company says. The crop matures in five months and uses less water than cane. This could be useful for ethanol production in the tropics.
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.
There’s an interesting article about how India’s policies are stopping India create biofuel on the Hindu business line. They’re subsidising the wrong thing, apparently. I think.