Toyota unveiles flexible fuel hybrid prototype in Brazil

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Toyota unveiled a prototype hybrid flexible-fuel vehicle (Hybrid FFV) during an event Toyota held São Paulo, Brazil. Brazil Ethanol HybridsStakeholders including the state government, universities, and the sugarcane association (the Sugarcane Industry Union: UNICA) attended the event.

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Brazil’s Aerotec to invest ~$5M in Li-S battery company OXIS Energy; expanding into Brazil

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The Aerotec Fund is centred on Aerospace and advanced manufacturing and is anchored by CODEMIG, the Economic Development Company in the state of Minas Gerais in south-eastern Brazil. The Aerotec investment paves the way for OXIS Energy to open a subsidiary in Brazil.

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BP and Copersucar to form a new ethanol joint venture in Brazil

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BP Biofuels and Copersucar have agreed to form a joint venture to own and operate a major ethanol storage terminal in Brazil, better and flexibly connecting ethanol production with the country’s main fuels markets. Copersucar is the world’s leading sugar and ethanol trader, with the largest sugar and ethanol storage capacity in Brazil. BP Biofuels, part of BP’s Alternative Energy business, is a significant producer of ethanol from sugarcane in Brazil. Brazil Ethanol

Freedom from oil in Brazil

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International Herald Tribune reports: Brazil stages raid against debt slavery at Amazon sugar cane-ethanol plantation. Tags: ethanol brazil sugar cane

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The Next Big Offshore Boom Is About To Happen in Brazil

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The latest demonstration of the viability of deepwater projects, even in the post-2014 oil industry era, comes from none other than Brazil. Some Big Oil majors are already in Brazil, including Statoil, Shell, and Total. This should be indication enough that Brazil’s deposits hold enough appeal for an industry that has suffered a worrying shortage of new discoveries in the last few years. Brazil Oilby Irina Slav for Oilprice.com.

Brazil’s UNICA opposes EPA’s proposed RFS changes; says sugarcane ethanol can meet volume requirements

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of Brazil’s arable land and reduces lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 90% on average compared to gasoline. UNICA is the largest representative of Brazil’s sugar, ethanol, and bioelectricity producers; its members are responsible for more than 50% of Brazil’s ethanol production and 60% of Brazil’s sugar production. Brazil’s investment in sugarcane ethanol. Brazil’s sugarcane ethanol producers are investing more than $3.5

Novozymes and Raízen to collaborate on cellulosic ethanol in Brazil

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Novozymes has entered into a collaboration agreement with Brazil’s largest sugarcane crusher, Raízen Energia S/A (the $12-billion joint venture between Shell and Cosan founded in 2011). As part of the agreement, Novozymes will supply enzyme technology to Raízen’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Brazil, scheduled to be operational by end 2014. Furthermore, Novozymes intends to establish new enzyme-manufacturing capacity in Brazil.

OnStar expanding to Brazil in Chevy Cruze

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GM OnStar will launch its Emergency, Security, Navigation, Diagnostics and Connectivity services in Brazil on the Chevrolet Cruze later this year. In Brazil, OnStar services will be customized according to the market’s preferences.

GraalBio to build $145M cellulosic ethanol plant in Brazil; first in the Southern Hemisphere

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GraalBio, a biotechnology company of the Graal Group, is planning to build a commercial plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol in Brazil. The development of energy cane is intended to expand the potential for the development of biochemicals in Brazil. Brazil Cellulosic ethanol

Raízen breaks ground on Iogen cellulosic ethanol facility in Brazil

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After concluding that Iogen had the most advanced technology for building co-located commercial plants at Raízen’s sugar cane ethanol facilities, Raízen committed, in July 2012, an initial investment to a project in Brazil with Iogen through their jointly owned Iogen Energy affiliate. With the technology now being commercialized in Brazil, Iogen has plans to pursue a deployment program in North America and Europe that will help meet the renewable fuel obligations in those jurisdictions.

Ceres and Raízen sign multi-year collaboration to scale-up sweet sorghum for ethanol in Brazil

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Sweet sorghum can extend the ethanol production season by up to 60 days in Brazil. he ethanol industry in Brazil has a history of successfully competing against low-priced oil and we believe that sweet sorghum, which has lower production costs than sugarcane, can be further developed and scaled up as an integral part of the industry’s feedstock supply. Raízen is Brazil’s fifth largest company in terms of revenue and the nation’s leading producer of sugarcane ethanol.

Volkswagen Truck & Bus to invest ~€420M in Brazil; new products, connectivity services

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Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus has led the market for the sale of trucks in Brazil for 13 years running. Brazil in particular is a country with which we enjoy very successful business relations that go back decades and that will continue for a long time yet.

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EU and Brazil to work together on 5G mobile technology

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The EU and Brazil signed an agreement to develop 5G, the next generation of communication networks. To face this global challenge, the EU joined forces with Brazil to strengthen cooperation in this strategic area and to make sure that 5G does not develop in silos at the international level. The EU and Brazil, which are close trading partners, have been cooperating on information and communication technologies since 2008.

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UK and Brazil team up for biofuels

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Brazil has become the epicentre of the world’s biofuels push: so it’s no surprise that a major UK company is looking to get in on the act. Biofuels Green cars Latest news bioethanol biofuels Brazil cellulosic bioethanol ethanol TMO Renewables UK

Iveco Electric Daily Prototype Begins Testing in Brazil

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The Electric Daily in Brazil. Iveco has presented a prototype of its new Electric Daily in Brazil, destined to be the first zero emission light commercial vehicle produced in Latin America. Tags: Brazil Electric (Battery Click to enlarge.

Self-steering Volvo truck set to increase Brazil’s sugar-cane harvest

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Already this year Volvo Trucks Brazil will offer its VM customers in the sugar cane industry an advanced GPS-based map-reading system that gives the driver far better scope for maintaining a predetermined course, even though actual steering will still be handled manually at this stage.

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SG Biofuels signs deals in Brazil to develop Jatropha as an alternative energy crop

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SG Biofuels) has signed agreements in Brazil with Embrapa (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation), the country’s leading agricultural research institution, and with Fiagril, one of the country’s leading biodiesel refiners, to advance the development of Jatropha as a next-generation energy crop. Embrapa has identified Jatropha as one of the most promising new energy crops in Brazil. Bio-hydrocarbons Biodiesel Biotech BrazilSGB, Inc. (SG

A Brief History Of Ethanol In Brazil

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While many North Americans may not know it, Brazil presently leads the world in deploying biofuels for road vehicles. Specifically, a majority of cars sold in Brazil--especially lower-priced high-volume models built in the country--can run either on gasoline or pure ethanol. The modern history dates back to 1975, when the South American country

Brazil and US to deepen cooperation on energy; aviation biofuels

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Among the statements and agreements emerging from President Obama’s official visit to Brazil and meeting with President Dilma Rousseff were overall support for the US supporting “ the rise of Brazil as a global power ” as well as an agreement to launch a Strategic Energy Dialogue between the two countries. By some estimates, noted President Obama, the oil Brazil recently discovered off its shores could amount to twice the reserves in the United States.

Dedini and Novozymes Sign MoU on Cellulosic Ethanol Production in Brazil

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Dedini S/A Indústrias de Base and Novozymes A/S signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aiming at continuing to develop a technological route to produce cellulosic ethanol in Brazil. Tags: Brazil Cellulosic ethanol Integrating cellulosic ethanol production via DHR. Source: Dedini.

Iogen and Raízen begin production of cellulosic ethanol in Brazil

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Cellulosic biofuel technology developer Iogen Corporation and Raízen, one of the world’s largest producers of sugarcane ethanol, have begun production of cellulosic ethanol on schedule at Raízen’s newly expanded Costa Pinto sugar cane mill in Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil. The company has more than 5,200 service stations for retail fuel distribution in Brazil, more than 900 convenience stores, 60 fuel distribution depots, and aviation fuel businesses in 58 airports in Brazil.

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Anglo-Brazilian JV to launch first commercial bagasse cellulosic ethanol production plant in Brazil

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UK-based TMO Renewables (TMO) and Usina Santa Maria Ltda have entered into an agreement to form a joint venture to build the first commercial production plant in Brazil to convert sugar cane waste (bagasse) to cellulosic bioethanol. TMO signed a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Usina Santa Maria Ltda to build Brazil’s first cellulosic bioethanol production facility in São Paulo state. Biotech Brazil Cellulosic ethanol

EIA: US ethanol imports from Brazil down in 2013; US net exporter for the year

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US imports of sugarcane ethanol from Brazil fell by 40% last year to 242 million gallons, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). In the fourth quarter of 2013, Brazil had a record sugarcane harvest and increased ethanol production.

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Automakers in Brazil Hit 10M Flex-Fuel Vehicle Mark; Brazilian Sugarcane Association Urges Global Dissemination

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The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) commented that this milestone should encourage automakers to invest more in the global dissemination of what has been accomplished in Brazil, as well as in their countries of origin. Brazil Flex-Fuel January 2010 Quick Stats.

GranBio begins producing cellulosic ethanol in Brazil; very low carbon intensity of 6.98 gCO2e/MJ for California LCFS

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This marks the first time lignin is being used to this purpose in Brazil in the sugar-based alcohol industry. Brazil Cellulosic ethanol GranBio, a 100% Brazilian industrial biotech company, has begun production at the first commercial-scale plant for second-generation (cellulosic) ethanol in the Southern Hemisphere. The Bioflex 1 unit, built in São Miguel dos Campos, Alagoas, has an initial production capacity of 82 million liters (21.6

Summit Ag Group breaks ground on $115M corn ethanol plant in Brazil

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US-based Summit Agricultural Group recently broke ground on the first large-scale corn ethanol production facility in Brazil. The production facility is being built in Lucas do Rio Verde in Mato Grosso, an agricultural state in west central Brazil and the country’s largest producer of corn and soybeans. Summit CEO Bruce Rastetter estimated that the plant, which will be the only dedicated corn ethanol plant in Brazil, will be completed in mid-2017.

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Shell delivers more Brazil deep-water production from Parque das Conchas; 3rd phase of project

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Shell and its joint venture announced the start of oil production from the third phase of the deep-water Parque das Conchas (BC-10) development in Brazil’s Campos Basin. The subsea wells sit in water depths greater than 5,900-feet (1,800-meters) and connect to a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, the Espirito Santo , moored in around 1,800m of water and located more than 90-miles (150-kilometers) offshore Brazil.

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Petrobras reaches its highest historical monthly oil production in Brazil

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Petrobras’ oil production in Brazil reached an average of 2,126,000 barrels per day (bpd) in October, corresponding to 0.4% Total oil production operated by Petrobras in Brazil, which includes the share operated by its partners, reached in October its fourth consecutive record of 2,268,000 bpd—up 1.3% Petrobras’ total oil and gas production in Brazil corresponded to 2,579,000 boed, indicating a rise of 0.6%

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Shell to boost deepwater and ultra-deepwater production off Brazil

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Shell and its partners are moving forward with new deepwater and ultra-deepwater projects at the Bijupirá/Salema and Parque das Conchas (BC-10) fields offshore Brazil.

Petrobras launches new 50 ppm ultra-low-sulfur gasoline throughout Brazil

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Petrobras launched new regular and premium ultra-low-sulfur gasoline throughout Brazil on 1 January 2014, entirely replacing the previous regular and premium gasoline.

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RFA, ABFA and UNICA announce joint biofuel trade mission to Brazil

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Leading biofuels advocacy organizations from the United States and Brazil announced a joint trade mission to improve and enhance biofuels trade by matching businesses seeking greater trade opportunities in ethanol and other biofuels as well as green technology designed to expand and enhance biofuel production. million gallons US) of ethanol to Brazil, while 397 million liters (105 million gallons US) of Brazilian ethanol have been imported into the United States.

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LS9 collaborating with MAN Latin America to test UltraClean renewable diesel in Brazil

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a synthetic biology company producing renewable fuels and chemicals directly by microbes, has begun a collaboration with MAN Latin America, a leading Brazilian engineering and vehicles manufacturing company, to test LS9’s renewable diesel in both stationary engines and operational fleet vehicles in Brazil. We want to offer more renewable and alternative fuels to our clients in Brazil and in other Latin American countries. Bio-hydrocarbons Biotech BrazilLS9, Inc.,

Renault and Itaipu to collaborate on EVs in Brazil

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Renault and Itaipu signed a collaboration deal which will lead to the local assembling of 32 Renault Twizy at Itaipu’s EV Research, Development and Assembly Center (CPDM-VE/IB) in Foz do Iguaçu, State of Paraná, Brazil. Itaipu, owned by the governments of Brazil and Paraguay, operates the Itaipu dam across the Paraná River. of the energy consumed in Brazil and 72.5%

Brazil Temporarily Lifts Ethanol Tariff

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UNICA believes that free trade is a two way street and Brazil, as the largest producer of cane ethanol and largest exporter of ethanol in the world, with 60% of the global market, will lead by example and eliminate barriers to renewable, clean fuels. Brazil’s Council of Ministers of the Board of Foreign Trade (MDIC) has temporarily lifted the country’s tariff on imported ethanol, changing the tax rate from 20% to 0%. The measure is valid until 31 December 2011.

TomTom launches real-time traffic service in Brazil

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TomTom has launched its real-time traffic information service, TomTom Traffic, in Brazil. Car ownership in Brazil has increased by 119% over the last decade making traffic congestion a serious issue in the country. This service helps drivers, businesses and governments make smarter choices when tackling traffic congestion. According to the results of the latest TomTom Traffic Index, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo top the Americas ranking for the most congested cities.

BYD building factory in Brazil for electric buses and battery packs

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BYD will build its first factory in Brazil in the city of Campinas (in the São Paulo region of Brazil). Maximum capacity in the first year of operation (starting in 2015) will be 1,000 electric buses as well as all of their batteries, said BYD Brazil’s General Manager Tyler Li. The factory is slated to open in 2015 and will launch the manufacturing and assembly of the BYD’s electric transit bus in South America as well as the Iron-Phosphate battery packs.

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Report: Denso to produce engine control units in Brazil

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will begin production of engine control units (ECUs) in Brazil in September, becoming the first company to make ECUs for cars in South America. In addition to Toyota, Denso aims to supply ECUs made in Brazil to other Japanese automakers, including Nissan Motor Co., The Nikkei reports Denso Corp. Denso will supply the ECUs to Toyota. Denso already has an ECU-related facility in the northern Brazilian city of Manaus, which it built at a cost of 400 million yen.

Chevron suspends current and future drilling operations offshore Brazil

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has not yet received formal notice from Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency (ANP) suspending its drilling license, the company has suspended its current and future drilling operations, offshore Brazil in the wake of the seeps from its well in the Frade field.

Nissan launches expanded strategy for Brazil with new $1.4B manufacturing plant; Renault boosting production capacity there by 100,000 units

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The Brazilian factory, scheduled to begin production in the first half of 2014, will have the capacity to produce up to 200,000 units annually of Nissan’s ‘V’ platform products for sale in Brazil. Nissan partner Renault also announced an investment of 500 million BRL (US$276 million) to produce an additional 100,000 vehicles a year in its Curitiba, Brazil plant in 2013. In November Nissan will introduce the all-new Versa sedan to Brazil, increasing its market coverage to 83%.

Shell and Cosan make Raízen JV permanent; commitment to Brazil sugar, ethanol and fuels distribution

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Shell and Cosan have agreed to remove the mutual time-bound buyout options included in the original Raízen joint venture agreement, signed in June 2011, and in doing so have transformed Raízen from a temporary to a permanent joint venture. Earlier post.). Raizen is a 50:50 joint venture (JV) between Shell and Cosan. The changes to the JV agreement remove the time-bound options for Shell and Cosan to buyout each other’s shares in the JV from 2021 and replace them with event-triggered options.

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