US ethanol exports totalled 107.2 million gallons (487 mln litres) in November, up 14% from October shipments, according to government data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).
The production of fuel ethanol is set to double in 2017/18, driven as much by the increase in sugar production that will make available additional molasses, the feedstock, reported Reuters.
Brazilian President Michel Temer has approved legislation creating RenovaBio, a new national biofuels policy. The law was published in the official federal gazette of Brazil on Dec. 26. The Brazilian Senate approved the bill on Dec. 12.
Researchers from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have gained new insights into how glycosylation–the natural attachment of sugars to proteins–affects a key cellulase enzyme. This work could be used to improve enzyme performance in the production of cellulosic biofuels.
The UK firm Whitefox Technologies secured a deal recently with the US biofuel producer United Ethanol (UE) to install its proprietary energy efficient membrane technology at UE’s plant in Wisconsin.
Researchers at the Kanazawa University, Japan have developed a novel carboxylate-type liquid zwitterion as a solvent of biomass, which could dissolve cellulose with very low toxicity to microorganisms (with fragile and very vulnerable cell membranes) that play essential roles in the fermentation necessary for producing ethanol.
DowDuPont has shut down its 30-million gallon (136.4 million litres) cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa.
China’s State Development & Investment Corporation (SDIC) signed a framework agreement to build a 600,000-tonne ethanol plant in northeastern Heilongjiang province, state media said on 7th November, according to Reuters.