International Sugar Journal

India – LanzaTech to supply cellulosic ethanol production technology for a new plant [Full subscriber]

Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL), a leading Indian Refining company, is planning to install a cellulosic ethanol facility in the State of Karnataka, India.

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Pre-treatment of biomass with plasma discharges fosters biogas productivity [Full subscriber]

The cost-effectiveness of biogas production from biomass is limited by the presence of polymeric structures, which are recalcitrant to digestion by bacteria. Therefore, pre-treatments must often be applied prior to anaerobic fermentation to increase yields of biogas. Now, researchers at the Leibniz Institute of Plasma Science and Technology are testing plasma formation in biomass with, they say, promising results.

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USA – EPA cuts biofuel waivers for oil refiners as Trump administration canvasses farm belt votes [Registered]

Following pressure from an important political constituency in the Farm Belt, the Trump administration said on 14th September that it rejected scores of requests from U.S. oil refiners for waivers that would have retroactively spared them from their obligation to blend ethanol into their fuel, reported Reuters.

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Brazil – Tariff-free quota for ethanol imports extended to appease US [Full subscriber]

Brazil extended its tariff-free quota on ethanol imports for 90 days starting 14 September after reaching an agreement with the US to open trade talks on the biofuel and increasing access to sugar (which is currently levied at 140%) as well as corn, according to the foreign ministry joint statement issued with the US Trade Representative (USTR) on 11 September.

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New process upgrades low-quality lignin pyrolysis bio-oil to hydrocarbons [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a process to upgrade low-quality bio-oil produced from lignin via pyrolysis to make high-quality biofuel and biochemicals.

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Brazil drops zero tariff for ethanol import quota [Full subscriber]

The Brazilian government allowed a non-tariff quota for ethanol imports to expire on 31st August.

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India – Setting up of escrow account to help millers with weak balance sheets to secure loans for new distilleries [Full subscriber]

Sugar mills, oil marketing companies (OMCs) and banks are willing to enter into an agreement to create an escrow account to enable sugar factories to secure soft loans for setting up distilleries, the food ministry said on 22 August.

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Brazil – President Bolsonaro left with Hobson’s choice on easing ethanol tariff to appease the US [Full subscriber]

President Bolsonaro cannot afford to betray his political constituency at home as a major decision on international ethanol trade looms. He is cornered into accepting that in showing the necessary support to the local industry, it invariably will anger the key ally, US President Donald Trump,

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France – New plant will gasify hemp into valuable energy products [Full subscriber]

The French startup Qairos Energies says it plans to build a plant in Mareil-en-Champagne near Le Mans in northwestern France that will gasify hemp biomass into valuable products.

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New catalytic process for biodiesel production [Full subscriber]

A new single-phase catalyst that enables the conversion of renewable and waste carbon into sustainable diesel fuels has been developed through a collaboration between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and two US Department of Energy (DOE) consortia, Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy (ChemCatBio) and the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative.

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