International Sugar Journal

Researchers convert CO2 into multi-carbon fuels [Registered]

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology discovered a new way to produce carbon-based liquid fuels from CO2.

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Brown rot fungi reveals non-enzymatic deconstruction of lignocellulosic feedstock [Registered]

Working with brown rot fungi, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst found, that the microbe Basidiomycota uses a non-enzymatic, chelator-mediated biocatalysis method that is very different than that used by any other microorganism studied, as it does not involve enzymes.

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Novel biofilm reactor accelerating algae growth could advance biofuels [Registered]

Researchers from Washington State University have developed a novel biofilm reactor that recycles gasses and uses less water and lower light than typical reactors. The new reactor grows algae more […]

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Brazil – Decision to impose tariff on ethanol imports from USA delayed [Registered]

The Brazilian government decided 25th July to wait 30 days to make a decision on whether to impose a tariff on ethanol imports from the United States.

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Praj licenses Gevo’s isobutanol technology for its global operations [Registered]

Praj will be licensing Gevo’s proprietary technology for the production of isobutanol. It will be made available to processors of sugar cane juice and molasses. This follows on the back of Praj’s development work, adapting Gevo’s technology to sugarcane and molasses feedstocks.

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USA – New Planet Energy plans to build waste-to-biofuels US$700 mln plant in New York [Registered]

New Planet Energy is proposing to build a US$700 million recycling plant that will convert the region’s municipal garbage into fuel in Stony Point.

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Researchers devise way to reduce the amount of enzymes needed in the production of cellulosic biofuels [Registered]

Nonspecific adsorption of cellulases to lignin hinders enzymatic biomass deconstruction. Researchers at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Michigan State University have demonstrated how to design and genetically engineer enzyme surfaces so they bind less to lignocellulosic feedstocks, reducing enzyme costs in the production of cellulosic biofuels production.

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Argentina – 2017 likely to be a record for biofuels output [Registered]

First quarter data on biofuels output in Argentina suggests that it will be a record according to the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INDEC).

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Demo plant uses CO2 from air, solar power to produce fuels [Registered]

Researchers at the Technical Research Institute of Finland (VTT) and the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) have developed a pilot plant that will capture carbon dioxide from thin air and turn it into fuels and other hydrocarbons using LUT’s solar power plant in Lappeenranta as the energy source.

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Australia – Queensland Premier inaugurates pilot biodiesel plant processing waste [Registered]

The Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk inaugurated a pilot biodiesel plant in Gladstone on 1st June that will process a variety of feedstocks deemed to be waste products.

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