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Friday, June 24, 2011

Growing Pains: Brazil’s sugarcane ethanol industry hits a snag

Ethanol Producer Magazine
By Kris Bevill June 10, 2011

In some ways, Brazil represents what the United States aspires to become in terms of ethanol use. While U.S. producers continue to fight for expanded infrastructure, Brazilian companies are building a pipeline to more easily transport ethanol from one region to another. The U.S. industry is banking on promises from auto manufacturers to crank out a greater number of much needed flex-fuel vehicles in the coming years. Brazil’s highways are already loaded with vehicles that use ethanol-blended fuel or even pure ethanol. The U.S. EPA approval for E15 to be used in some American vehicles has yet to scale legal hurdles before it can be put to the test. Brazil currently has in place a nationwide E25 mandate.

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