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Brazil “Ready to Cooperate” With Iran on Sugarcane Ethanol, Other Technology

31 January 2010

FNA. In a meeting between Head of Iranian Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IDRO) Seyed Majid Hedayat and Deputy Brazilian Science and Technology Minister Czar Gadella in Tehran, Gadella said that Brazil is ready to cooperate with Iran in sugarcane ethanol and other fields of technology, including oil, gas, nanotechnology, microelectronics, information technology and biotechnology.

Hedayat said that IDRO is now working on projects for utilizing plant fuel, and added, “The existence of vast cane farms in southern (Iran), fuel, engine and vehicle research centers and auto-making companies indicates that the organization enjoys the required capability for research, production and supply of plant fuel.”

Brazil is the world’s second largest producer of ethanol fuel and the world’s largest exporter. Together, Brazil and the United States lead the industrial production of ethanol fuel, accounting together for 89% of the world’s production in 2008.

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Why would Iran be so interested in the local production of agro-ethanol?

Vehicles will be fully electrified before their oil reserves run out.

Their farm land will be required to feed a rising population.

Iran's oil field are some of the oldest producing wells in the region. While they are number two in natural gas reserves behind Russia, nothing lasts forever. They can use the sugar cane stalks after making the sugar, nothing is wasted,

With the imposed restrictions on trade Iran thinks it will be easier to produce ethanol than upgrade their aging oil refineries.

Iran has converted many cars to run on natural gas. While they have lots of natural gas, they can sell it for hard currency. With methane from gasified cane stalks, they can continue to run cars and sell methane.

A symptom of peak oil.

@SJC
What you said actually goes hand in hand with what I said; Iran converted many cars to run on natural gas because their NG doesn't need the refining their oil does.

That is the case with some countries, they produce oil but do not have the refineries. This seems like a wise move for Iran and would reduce sanction pressure a bit. Now if they would stop with the nuclear effort, it would be good for everyone.

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