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Sea6 Energy: Seaweed to Ethanol

Sea6 Energy is a Bangaluru, India based startup attempting to produce ethanol from the fermentation of sugars extracted from seaweed. It was formed in 2010 by Mr. Shrikumar Suryanarayan a professor at Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Sea6 Energy’s laboratory is located at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (CCAMP), NCBS-TIFR, GKVK Campus, Bangalore, India. […]

Amyris Biotechnologies

Headquartered in Emeryville, California, USA Amyris Biotechnologies produces renewable chemicals and fuels. Its synthetic biology technology platform is branded as ‘No Compromise’. It converts plant sugars into hydrocarbon molecules which are useful not only in transportation fuels such as diesel and jet fuel but also in products such as cosmetics, perfumes, detergents and industrial lubricants. […]

Avello Bioenergy: Biomass Fast Pyrolysis

Avello Bioenergy is Iowa State, United States based non-transportation petroleum replacement products producer company. Its proprietary process Avello ®FRAC is based on the fast pyrolysis of biomass and bio-oil fractionation. Feedstock Avello ®FRAC is a feedstock flexible process. Agricultural residues, forestry and mill residues, woody biomass including poplar, eucalyptus, willow and dedicated energy crops such as switchgrass, miscanthus, […]

Cool Planet Energy Systems: Biogasoline from Biomass

Cool Planet Energy Systems has it’s headquarter in Greenwood Village, Colorado, United states. Its proprietary process for conversion of biomass into biogasoline involves thermo-mechanical fractionation of biomass and catalytic treatment of the resultant volatile components. The  biochar  CoolTerra™ is the byproduct of the process. The company claims that it is able to produce 1 gallon of biogasoline with […]

Mascoma: Consolidated Bioprocessing

Mascoma is a cellulosic ethanol producer company. It also provides technology for the conversion of biomass into renewable fuela. Company’s corporate office is located in Lebanon, New Hampshire, United States. Mascoma has developed bioengineered yeasts for its proprietary consolidated bioprocessing technology. Feedstock Mascoma’s cellulosic ethanol pilot plant is capable of using a wide variety of materials, including […]

Consolidated Bioprocessing: QTEROS

QTEROS is Marlborough, Massachusetts, United States based cellulosic ethanol producer company. It is applying ‘Consolidated bioprocessing’ to produce ethanol through its proprietary ‘biomass to cellulosic ethanol’ conversion process which is based on its patented ‘Q Microbe®’. The company is in its early-stage. Feedstock QTEROS is focusing on biomass feedstock such as wet distillers grains and sugar […]

Bioethanol from Waste Biomass: INEOS Bio

INEOS Bio has its headquarter in Rolle, Switzerland. It attempts combination of gasification and fermentation processes to produce bioethanol from lignocellulosic waste. Feedstock The organic part of municipal solid waste,  industrial wastes and other lignocellulosic waste including bark, saw dust, wood chips, agricultural residues and energy crops are suitable for INEOS bio ethanol production technology. INEOS Bio Ethanol […]

Virent Inc.

Virent is Madison, Wisconsin, United States based Sugars to renewable fuel producer company . It has received fuel registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its Gasoline which can now be used in 45% blend in cars and trucks. Feedstock Virent’s sugars to drop-in fuels process is compatible with the sugars derived from traditional sources […]

Cellulosic Ethanol production by POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels

POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels, LLC, is Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States based collaborative venture of POET, LLC and Royal DSM. The two giants of bioethanol production arena joined hands with the aim to convert corn crop residues into cellulosic ethanol at a cost competitive with corn based bioethanol production. POET has expertise in organizing feedstock, conditioning […]

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Karnataka to get $50 million dollars for biofuel

In India the Karnataka States’ Biofuel Development Programme  is set to get a boost in the form of  $50 million dollars from International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD). The loan can be utilized in various activities such as plantation of biofuel crops and production. Biofuel Development Board of Karnataka has been active in promoting biofuels and  has established biofuel information and demonstration centres with about 100 l per day capacity in each district. These centres are being scaled up to 150-200 l capacity. The Board also owns a 500 litre biodiesel production plant at Hatti Gold Mines. The loan conditions include 1% interest with a 50-year repayment period.

China’s first commercial flight powered with biofuel was successfully completed

China's first commercial flight powered with biofuel was successfully completed between Shanghai and Beijing. The privately owned Hainan Airlines flight used biofuel made up from used cooking oil collected from the restaurants. The biofuel was supplied by China National Aviation fuel company and energy giant Sinopec. It was a Boeing 737 plane which used 50% biofuel blended in conventional jet fuel and carried more than 100 passengers to their destination.

India achieved only 1.4% ethanol blending this fiscal year

Problems between sugar mill owners and oil marketing companies have resulted in only 1.4% ethanol blending through february this fiscal year which is way less than the blending target of 5% and lesser than the last year's achieved blending level of 2%.The National Policy on Biofuels of India identifies the sugar cane molasses as the feedstock suitable under Indian conditions for ethanol production for blending purpose and that makes the sugarcane mills as the biggest suppliers of bioethanol. The high state-level levies on the biofuel and the requirement of obtaining permits from authorities have been sited as the major impediments for producing bioethanol by Sugar Mills. The government has set the selling price of ethanol for sugar mills @  Rs. 48.50/litre  if the depo of the oil marketing company is within 100 km from distillery and  @49.50/ litre  if the depo is beyond 300 km. The producers claim that the long distance transportation also reduces their margin. India needs approximately 115 crore litres of ethanol to meet the 5% target. Read more at http://www.financialexpress.com/article/markets/commodities/less-than-a-third-of-ethanol-blending-target-may-be-met/55503/