International Sugar Journal

India – BK Birla Group invests US$11.8 mln in a new distillery [Full subscriber]

After several failed attempts to sell its sugar business, the BK Birla Group is setting up a distillery at an estimated cost of INR800 million (US11.8 mln) to make the unit viable, according to local press reports.

Read more …

Environmental sustainability of EU’s biofuel regulation questioned in a doctoral thesis [Registered]

The EU biofuel regulation does not guarantee a reduced climate impact – nor does it address the key issue of substantially reducing transport emissions, according to David Harnesk’s doctoral thesis at Lund University in Sweden.

Read more …

Sweden – Rottneros to build lignin-to-biofuels plant [Full subscriber]

Swedish companies Preem and RenFuel are partnering with the pulp producer Rottneros for the construction of the world’s first lignin-to-biofuels plant at its pulp mill in Vallvik, Söderhamn, according to local press reports.

Read more …

Improved biomass gasification process developed [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the Chalmers University of Sweden have demonstrated a new approach to gasification technology which would enable existing power facilities to incorporate biomass gasifiers.

Read more …

Artificial photosynthesis device doubles the production of hydrogen [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new, stable artificial photosynthesis device doubles the efficiency of harnessing sunlight to break apart both fresh and salt water, generating hydrogen that can then be used in fuel cells.

Read more …

Ace Ethanol to install D3MAX’s cellulosic ethanol production technology [Full subscriber]

US-based Ace Ethanol recently announced that it will integrate the patented D3MAX technology with its existing corn dry mill.

Read more …

Genetic mechanisms regulating the production of hydrolytic enzymes by Trichoderma species elicited [Full subscriber]

In the production of cellulosic biofuels, enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulosic feedstock to produce sugars that will be subsequently fermented is central to the process. Researchers at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in São Paulo State, Brazil, partnering with colleagues from the National Bioethanol Science & Technology Laboratory (CTBE) have elicited the genetic mechanisms that regulate the control and production of hydrolytic enzymes by, Trichoderma spp.

Read more …

Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum facilitates production of biobutanol from cellulosic feedstock in one step [Registered]

Researchers at National University of Singapore (NUS) recently discovered that a naturally occurring bacterium, Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum TG57, isolated from waste generated after harvesting mushrooms, is capable of directly converting cellulose to biobutanol.

Read more …

Researchers discovers enzyme domains that significantly improve breakdown of cellulose [Registered]

By studying and comparing the workhorse cellulose-degrading enzymes of two fungi, researchers from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have pinpointed regions on these enzymes that can be targeted via genetic engineering to help break down cellulose faster.

Read more …

Yeast engineered to thrive on xylose expected to advance cellulosic biofuels production [Registered]

Researchers at Tufts University have created a genetically modified yeast that can more efficiently consume a novel nutrient, xylose, enabling the yeast to grow faster and to higher cell densities, raising the prospect of a significantly faster path toward the design of new synthetic organisms for industrial applications, according to a study published in Nature Communications.

Read more …