International Sugar Journal

Palladium-copper catalyst enhances carbon dioxide-to-methanol conversion [Registered]

Researchers at Penn State University claim to have made significant strides in converting carbon dioxide into methanol by developing a new catalyst that uses a specific formulation of palladium and copper.

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Brazil – Ethanol reserves rising, prices falling, increased sugar production likely [Full subscriber]

As ethanol prices tumble amidst rising stockpiles and storage capacity becoming increasingly limited, the prospect of sugar output increasing seems likely, according to Bloomberg.

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India – Hike in ethanol price to USȼ64/litre expected to expand production [Full subscriber]

The Indian government has decided to increase the ex-mill price of ethanol derived out of the C-molasses, by almost INR3 per litre to INR43.70 (USȼ64) per litre for the next contract period starting from December 1, 2018 in a bid to cut India’s oil import dependence as well as support the sugarcane industry, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal told reporters after a meeting of the Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 27th June.

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Tweaking glucosidase speeds up the breakdown of lignocellulosic feedstock [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the Imperial College London claim to have successfully modified an enzyme that is able to break down lignocellulosic feedstock 30 times faster than previously possible.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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