International Sugar Journal

Demo plant uses CO2 from air, solar power to produce fuels [Registered]

Researchers at the Technical Research Institute of Finland (VTT) and the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) have developed a pilot plant that will capture carbon dioxide from thin air and turn it into fuels and other hydrocarbons using LUT’s solar power plant in Lappeenranta as the energy source.

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Australia – Queensland Premier inaugurates pilot biodiesel plant processing waste [Registered]

The Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk inaugurated a pilot biodiesel plant in Gladstone on 1st June that will process a variety of feedstocks deemed to be waste products.

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New insights into LPMOs that could cut cellulosic biofuels costs [Registered]

n the production of cellulosic biofuels, finding cost-effective ways to break apart polysaccharides is a key challenge. Using neutron crystallography, a Los Alamos research team has mapped the three-dimensional structure of a protein that breaks down polysaccharides could help bring down the cost of producing cellulosic biofuels.

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USA – Novozymes invests US$36 million in an ethanol plant in Nebraska [Registered]

Less than five years after Novozymes opened a state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing facility in Blair, Nebraska, the company has selected the site for its most recent expansion efforts in North America. The company’s new US$36 million investment in the facility will increase the plant’s capacity.

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Australia –  Biofuels market in steep decline according to report [Registered]

A major new report on the biofuels sector in the country paints a bleak picture for the industry, noting fuel-grade ethanol use at a six-year low and a collapse of […]

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India – Praj opens cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister – Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, inaugurated Praj Industries cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant near Pune, Maharashtra on 4th May.

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Brazil – Tariff on US ethanol imports backed by agriculture minister [Registered]

Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi has asked Brazil’s foreign trade council to impose tariffs on ethanol imports following a surge in shipments from the United States, an official said on 27th April, reported Reuters.

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Brazil considers mandates for fuel distributors to drive biofuels use [Registered]

The Brazilian government is evaluating setting biofuel mandates to fuel distributors with the aim of increasing consumption of renewable fuels and cutting carbon emissions, the country´s biofuels director Miguel de Oliveira said on 25th April, reported Reuters.

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Brazil – Unica seeking 16% tax on imported ethanol [Registered]

The Brazilian sugar industry group, Unica wants an introduction of an ethanol import tariff of 16%.

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USA – Butamax to establish bio-isobutanol plant in Kansas [Registered]

Butamax Advanced Biofuels has acquired natural gas supplier Nesika Energy and its and its state-of-the-art ethanol facility in the US state of Kansas for an undisclosed price.

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