Brazil breaks record in biofuel production, expands bi-fuel vehicle fleet and contributes to preserve the environment. Ethanol consumption by light vehicles has already surpassed that of gasoline.
Brazil is not going to lose its potential for producing food as a result of increasing sugarcane crops. So shows a survey by the Institute of Applied Economic Research (Ipea).
Ten companies and organizations announced the establishment of the Brazilian Alliance for Aviation Biofuels. The objective is to promote the development of renewable sources.
A thematic agreement between the GBEP (Global Bioenergy Partnership), in Tunis, is discussing indicators to use in public policies in biofuel. Brazil and Sudan are members of the group.
The Iranians may invest in mills to produce ethanol in Brazil and import the fuel. The theme arose after talks between minister Miguel Jorge and authorities in the country.
The state-owned company will start producing this month in Bambuí, Minas Gerais. Investment should total US$ 84 million and the plant’s initial capacity will be 100 million litres a year.
Apart from common fuel, generators, engines and motorized pumps fuelled by biogas help in the preservation of the environment, transforming animal droppings into energy.
The 20% rate was expected to be eliminated at today’s meeting, but the forecast did not come to pass. The Brazilian minister of Development, Miguel Jorge, is among those who support the reduction.
Starting in February, the rate of ethanol will go down from 25% to 20%. The measure will remain in force for 90 days.
The first shipment, totalling 5 million litres, went to the European Union. Kenana Sugar Company plans to export the volume each month.
Up to 2011, the state should be producing enough energy to supply a city of 200,000 inhabitants. The wind farm will include 15 towers with heights of 145 metres and should produce 30 MW of energy.
Petrobras Biofuel has fully mastered the technology for producing biodiesel from castor seeds. It is made with 30% castor oil and 70% sunflower oil.