As demand for ethanol in Brazil reaches new levels, another South American country, Ecuador, is also looking to increase its use of biofuels. These stories and more in your Think Bioenergy news roundup!

Report shows potential of emerging ethanol industry in Ecuador

A new report shows that Ecuador may be a promising new market for ethanol.

The country currently has an E5 mandate, and its domestic sugar industry is looking to expand to non-food products. In 2015, however, the government announced its intent to expand the ethanol mandate to E10.

According to the report, Ecuador produced approximately 83 million liters of ethanol last year. The fuel is currently available for sale in 41% of Ecuador’s gas stations.

The report indicates that Ecuador will need to significantly increase its ethanol production to meet the 10% blend goal. Estimates show approximately 314 million liters of ethanol would be needed to move the country’s blend rate from E5 to E10, in addition to the 83 million liters already produced.

Read the full article at Ethanol Producer Magazine.

US ethanol exports to Brazil surge as demand increases

The combination of U.S. ethanol prices at 14-year lows and soaring prices in Brazil has opened a wide arbitrage to import ethanol from the U.S.

Platts reports that ethanol imports surged in January to 164.6 million liters. Around 300 million liters are expected to be imported during Q1 despite the 20% tariff on imports above 600 million liters per year and 150 million liters per quarter.

Brazil’s increase in ethanol demand is boosted by the country’s economic recovery and a new program to raise biofuel use, and will initially be met by by corn-based fuel.

Read more at Hellenic Shipping News.

Data shows US added 268 MW of biomass capacity in 2017

New data released by the federal government shows the U.S. added 268 MW of biomass power capacity last year, more than double the 110 MW of biomass capacity that was installed in 2016.

As of the close of 2017, the U.S. had an estimated 1,188.59 GW of installed generating capacity in place. This includes 16.68 GW of biomass capacity, which accounts for 1.4% of total U.S. installed capacity.

The report also indicates that there are 244,057 MW of proposed capacity additions to be placed into service by January 2021, including 62 biomass units with a combined 890 MW of capacity.

Get more details from the report at Biomass Magazine.

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Geoff Hayward

Communications Advisor at Novozymes
Geoff writes about Bioenergy for the Communications team at Novozymes. When he isn’t advocating for an industry that’s changing the world for the better, he can be found on a North Carolina bike path or playing slide guitar.