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GranBio Planing Second Brazil Site for Cellulosic Ethanol

GranBio Investimentos SA, the Brazilian biotechnology company that opened the southern hemisphere’s first cellulosic ethanol plant last month, is close to announcing a partner for its second facility.

The new plant will be comparable in size to the $190 million-Bioflex 1 plant, Bernardo Gradin, GranBio’s chief executive officer, said in an interview yesterday in Bloomberg’s offices in Sao Paulo. He’s also planning a second biochemical plant.

Bioflex 1 uses sugarcane waste to produce 82 million liters (22 million gallons) of second-generation ethanol a year. Gradin expects to invest 4 billion reais ($1.7 billion) through 2020 to open at least 10 additional biofuel and biochemical facilities. Gradin didn’t provide additional details about the new projects.

“With our investments, we will make second-generation ethanol in Brazil more competitive than it is in the U.S.,” he said. Standard ethanol is made from sugar cane juice, while the second-generation version is made from stalks and other waste parts of the plant.

About 88 percent of the cars in Brazil can run on either gasoline or ethanol. Car sales in the country increased 25 percent in the last five years and gasoline won’t meet the nation’s need for transport fuel, Gradin said.

That’s going to increase demand for ethanol at a time when production is sliding. The industry produced 24 billion liters of standard cane ethanol in the 2014-2015 season, down from 27.5 billion liters in the prior season, according to the industry group Unica.

Cellulosic Fuel

The result will be more demand for cellulosic fuel.

Gradin’s goal is to produce the fuel for about 20 percent less than the cost of standard cane ethanol. “We need to make it faster and cheaper,” he said.

GranBio was formed in 2011 and has received 700 million reais in investments. About 60 percent of that was borrowed from the state development bank BNDES, Brazil’s research-financing agency Finep and Banco do Nordeste do Brasil SA.

Gradin’s family owns 85 percent of the company and BNDES, Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Economico & Social, has 15 percent. 

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Brazil Biofuel, Sustainable Projects Get $100 Million From IDB

Brazil Biofuel, Sustainable Projects Get $100 Million From IDB | WBM Brasil | Scoop.it

The Inter-American Development Bank approved $100 million in financing for biofuel and sustainable agriculture projects in Brazil.

The funds will be for investments through Banco ABC Brasil SA, said Luiz Antonio Assumpcao Neto, director of foreign funding at ABC. The Brazil bank has one year to choose projects and existing businesses to finance.

“At least 20 companies will receive the support,” Neto said Thursday in a telephone interview from Sao Paulo. “The objective is to give access to different funding for companies focused in sustainability.”

In 2011, President Dilma Rousseff’s government set price caps for gasoline in an effort to control inflation, forcing producers to curb ethanol prices. Since then, 47 ethanol mills were shut, according to a December report from Brazil’s sugar- cane trade group Unica.

ABC Bank has a loan portfolio of about $1 billion for agribusiness companies, which represents about 11 percent of the bank’s total, Neto said. The bank will target corporate lending to sugar, ethanol and biomass producers for pre-export finance, working capital, sugar-cane fields re-planting and expansion, selling the harvest and equipment, it said in a statement in the Inter-American Development Bank’s website.

Neto didn’t provide more information on the financing line. IDB’s spokesman wasn’t available to comment, according to a press officer.

The ethanol industry’s debt has increased to 70 billion reais ($22 billion), according to Unica Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Farina.

“There are many companies that have been able to adapt and gain efficiency, even in the country’s negative environment,” Neto said.

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Georgia Biomass Plant to be Built - Domestic Fuel

Georgia Biomass Plant to be Built - Domestic Fuel | WBM Brasil | Scoop.it
The approval of a nearly quarter billion dollar biomass energy is closer to fruition. This article from the Albany (GA) Herald says the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority approved a $25...
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Large Scale Microbial Production of Advanced Biofuels: How big can we go? - Biobased Digest

Large Scale Microbial Production of Advanced Biofuels: How big can we go? - Biobased Digest | WBM Brasil | Scoop.it
By Gregory T. Benz, President, Benz Technology International, Inc. Conventional biofuels, whether from starch, sugar or lignocellulosic materials, tend to be low energy density products such as eth...
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ABO Applauds Support for Military Biofuels in NDA Act :Algae ...

ABO Applauds Support for Military Biofuels in NDA Act :Algae ... | WBM Brasil | Scoop.it
The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) applauded the strong support for military biofuels in the final version of the National Defense Authorization...
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Discovery could lower cost of making biofuel

Discovery could lower cost of making biofuel | WBM Brasil | Scoop.it
In the production of biofuels, enzymes gently break down cells by speeding up fermentation and promoting chemical reactions that break down the biomass. If the enzymes can more easily access the cell walls, they can digest ...
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Biomass plant set to open in Sweden in 2014 - Examiner.com

Biomass plant set to open in Sweden in 2014 - Examiner.com | WBM Brasil | Scoop.it
Examiner.comBiomass plant set to open in Sweden in 2014Examiner.com"Converting from coal to sustainability sourced biomass is good news for both investors and consumers," he said.
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Algenol: Biofuels Digest's 5-Minute Guide : Biofuels Digest

Algenol: Biofuels Digest's 5-Minute Guide : Biofuels Digest | WBM Brasil | Scoop.it
Algenol LLC is a global, development stage, industrial biotechnology company that makes biofuels and high-value industrial chemicals cost-effectively from abundant, renewable resources. Algenol uses hybrid ...

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Proof That Biomass is a Sound Investment - Biomass Magazine (blog)

Proof That Biomass is a Sound Investment - Biomass Magazine (blog) | WBM Brasil | Scoop.it
Biomass Magazine (blog)Proof That Biomass is a Sound InvestmentBiomass Magazine (blog)The best part about this biomass story is the part that isn't in the story.
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World Biofuels Report – Market Research « NRG Expert – Energy Expert | Energy Efficiency Reports | Energy Consulting UK

World Biofuels Report – Market Research « NRG Expert – Energy Expert | Energy Efficiency Reports | Energy Consulting UK | WBM Brasil | Scoop.it
This new biofuels market research report looks at the global Biofuel industry now and the predictions for future growth and development.
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The WBM 2013 Agenda

The WBM 2013 Agenda | WBM Brasil | Scoop.it

Updated Agenda for 2013 - Cutting edge, in-depth agendas reflect the evolution of the biofuels industry including:

 

New 3 day conference
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Extended 2 day conferences

Aviation
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Emerging Markets
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Ethanol - the E10 Debate
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Build Your Own Agenda: View the full World Biofuels Markets Registration Options

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LanzaTech chosen by World Economic Forum as one of 23 Technology Pioneers

LanzaTech chosen by World Economic Forum as one of 23 Technology Pioneers | WBM Brasil | Scoop.it
In New Zealand, LanzaTech reported they were chosen as one of 23 Technology Pioneers for 2013, by the World Economic Forum  Their achievements will be honored at the Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2012 in Tianjin, People’s Republic of...

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World Biofuels Markets 2013

World Biofuels Markets 2013 | WBM Brasil | Scoop.it
World Biofuels Markets 2013 is the premier business networking congress and exhibition for the global renewable biofuels industry.

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Brazil Considers Corn Ethanol as Grain Prices Decline

Brazil, the world’s largest producer of ethanol from sugarcane, may start producing the biofuel from corn after a record crop prompted domestic prices to slump below costs, the country’s agriculture policy secretary said.

“We’re studying to provide financial support to corn ethanol and to design an agriculture policy for it,” Neri Geller said in a telephone interview from Brasilia. “Corn ethanol is competitive and is probably the best outlet for the corn surplus.”

Corn prices have fallen as Brazil’s output has more than doubled in 11 years. The nation’s yield reached 81 million metric tons in 2012-13 as farmers started planting two crops per season and used new technologies and more fertilizer, data from the country’s Ministry of Agriculture show.

Output is expected to drop to as much as 79.8 million tons in 2013-14 after prices fell, the ministry said. Corn in the main state of Mato Grosso dropped 37 percent this year to 11.26 reais a 60-kilo bag ($2.04 a bushel), below the production cost of 13.02 reais, data from the government show.

Geller declined to comment on how much ethanol Brazil might produce from grains such as corn and sorghum.

Production of ethanol from corn faces criticism within the government amid concerns over food prices and livestock feed costs, Geller said. Brazil would consider financing ethanol distillers in remote corn-producing areas that are not connected to ports or anywhere near consumer markets.

“In some areas it costs more to transport the corn than to produce it,” he said. “Processing corn and selling ethanol and distillers’ dried grains locally makes sense and would reduce ethanol imports from the U.S.”

Brazil is the world’s second-largest ethanol producer after the U.S., where the biofuel is made mostly from corn.

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Biomass And Biofuels: Advanced Biorefineries For Sustainable Production And Distribution Book Download

Biomass And Biofuels: Advanced Biorefineries For Sustainable Production And Distribution Book Download | WBM Brasil | Scoop.it
Download Biomass And Biofuels: Advanced Biorefineries For Sustainable Production And Distribution book in PDF, Epub or Mobi
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4 minutes with…Tim Sklar, President, Sklar & Associates - Biobased Digest

4 minutes with…Tim Sklar, President, Sklar & Associates - Biobased Digest | WBM Brasil | Scoop.it
Tell us about your organization and it's role in the advanced bioeconomy. Sklar & Associates is a South Carolina based consulting firm now specializing in Biofuels project development. He is an...
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DuPont and Procter & Gamble Win Sustainable Bio Award at 2014 World Bio Markets Conference

DuPont and Procter & Gamble Win Sustainable Bio Award at 2014 World Bio Markets Conference | WBM Brasil | Scoop.it
Wilmington, Del. (PRWEB) March 06, 2014 -- Award Honors Companies’ Collaboration to Develop Energy-Saving Laundry Detergent

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Corteva Agriscience APAC's curator insight, March 6, 2014 7:03 AM

“This protein has the potential to become one of the most widely used engineered enzymes in the world,” said William F. Feehery, president, DuPont Industrial Biosciences.  “With Procter & Gamble, we were able to combine the resources and talents of our global teams to completely re-imagine this product from the ground up.  The result is a breakthrough for consumers that delivers superior fabric cleaning in cold water.”

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Brazil is at the forefront of sustainable bio. 

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Breakthrough: Using Microbes to Make Advanced Biofuels

Jay Keasling, Berkeley Lab's Associate Director for Bioscience and the CEO of DOE's Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), explains how special strains of microbe...

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REG expands biodiesel positions to 4 New York City area terminals - Biodiesel Magazine

REG expands biodiesel positions to 4 New York City area terminals - Biodiesel Magazine | WBM Brasil | Scoop.it
Biodiesel MagazineREG expands biodiesel positions to 4 New York City area terminalsBiodiesel MagazineRenewable Energy Group Inc.

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Biofuels Fight Flares Before Possible Defense Debate - Roll Call (subscription)

Biofuels Fight Flares Before Possible Defense Debate - Roll Call (subscription) | WBM Brasil | Scoop.it
Roll Call (subscription)Biofuels Fight Flares Before Possible Defense DebateRoll Call (subscription)Opponents of the Defense Department's biofuels programs, including Republicans John McCain of Arizona and James M.
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Plans for Canada's largest biofuel facility announced

Plans for Canada's largest biofuel facility announced | WBM Brasil | Scoop.it
Plans for Canada's largest biofuel facility announced (Plans for Canada's largest #biofuel facility announced http://t.co/yIUKGnBT #waste #canada #BC #renewable #energy #cleanpower...)...

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Biomass can offset petroleum in $100 billion worth of polymers - Biomass Magazine

Biomass can offset petroleum in $100 billion worth of polymers - Biomass Magazine | WBM Brasil | Scoop.it
Biomass MagazineBiomass can offset petroleum in $100 billion worth of polymersBiomass MagazineBiobased polymers have been largely limited to specialized niche applications, but a new analysis from Lux Research finds that the top markets for...
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Almost There: Large-Scale Production Of Biofuels From Waste | IdeaFeed | Big Think

Almost There: Large-Scale Production Of Biofuels From Waste | IdeaFeed | Big Think | WBM Brasil | Scoop.it
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Plans for Canada's largest biofuel facility announced

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World Biofuels Markets Brazil 2012 :: Green Power Conferences

World Biofuels Markets Brazil 2012 :: Green Power Conferences | WBM Brasil | Scoop.it

6 leading CEOs & Major Biofuels Producers Debate the Critical Issues in the Sugar, Bagasse & Ethanol Markets in Brazil

 

Hear from and meet with the thought leaders, sugar and ethanol producers, policy makers, biotechnology providers, project developers, financiers and end-users who are driving the development and commercialization of next generation biofuels in Brazil.

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