USA – DOE awards US$64.7 million for biofuels research to decarbonize aviation and shipping sectors [Full subscriber]
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced on 9th September US$64.7 million in funding for projects focused on producing cost-effective, low-carbon biofuels.
A patented process for converting alcohol sourced from renewable or industrial waste gases into a jet or diesel fuel is being scaled up at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with the help of partners at Oregon State University and the carbon-recycling experts at LanzaTech.
In 2020, US ethanol exports totalled 1.3 billion gallons (5.91 billion litres), valued at US$2.3 billion. This volume was 9% lower than 2019 due to reduced demand for fuel and 20% below the record 1.7 billion gallons (7.73 billion litres) shipped in 2018. However, the year-over-year value fell only 1% due to higher prices for fuel ethanol and increased shipments of higher-value, medical-grade ethanol.
Ethanol production projects – both new build activity and expansion in capacity are on overdrive as millers, incentivised by the government policy pursue the blend mandate target of 20% by 2025.
Brazil – Cerradinho Bioenergia engages ICM to build 500 million litres corn ethanol plant in Mato Grosso [Full subscriber]
The proprietary process technologies provider ICM has signed an agreement with Neomille, a subsidiary of the sugar-ethanol producer Cerradinho Bioenergia, to design a corn-ethanol plant in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Construction will take place in Maracaju, 160 km southwest of the state capital, according to a press release.
Eni and BASF partner to develop process conversion technology for biopropanol production [Full subscriber]
The energy major Eni and chemical giant BASF have signed a strategic agreement on a joint R&D initiative to reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector.
Colombia – Lower blend mandate forecast reduce ethanol production by over 6% in 2021 [Full subscriber]
In 2021, Colombia’s fuel ethanol production is estimated to decrease by 6.3% to 370 million litres in response to a lower blend mandate despite the partial recovery in the fuel pool, according to a recent USDA attaché report.
Argentina’s senate approved controversial biofuels legislation that would slash blending requirements for biodiesel and ethanol.