International Sugar Journal

USA- 2021 biofuel blending mandate put on hold indefinitely [Full subscriber]

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has put on hold indefinitely a proposal for the amount of biofuels refiners must blend into their fuel next year, reported Reuters.

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Efficient and sustainable cellulosic biofuels production via novel laser technique [Full subscriber]

Production of cellulosic biofuels is a complex process requiring separation of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin from lignonocellulosic feedstocks and then hydrolysing the former two to produce sugars which are then fermented into alcohol. Researchers from Japan have developed a new laser technique for breaking up cellulose with ease to facilitate cellulosic biofuels production.

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Avantium contracts Worley to build commercial-scale biobased FDCA plant [Full subscriber]

Global engineering and consultancy firm Worley has been awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) to develop Avantium’s flagship plant that will support the transition to a biobased economy for plastics. The plant will produce 100% plant-based FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) – a key building block for many chemicals and plastics.

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LanzaJet to build a demonstration plant producing renewable jet fuel [Full subscriber]

The biotech start-up LanzaTech, recently announced the launch of LanzaJet Inc., a new company that will produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

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Brazil – Maracajá Bioenergia invests US$100 million for corn-ethanol plant in Mato Grosso [Full subscriber]

The North American Lucas E3 announced on 6th May an agreement with the Brazilian Maracajá Bioenergia for the construction of a corn ethanol plant in Mato Grosso, according to Reuters and local press reports.

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Brazil – BNDES approves credit of BRL3 billion to producers to store ethanol [Full subscriber]

The National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) approved on 4th June a credit line of BRL3 billion (US$586 million) to finance the storage of ethanol, to support drop […]

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Brazilian researchers have developed high performing enzyme cocktail mix to hydrolyse cane bagasse for cellulosic biofuels [Full subscriber]

Brazilian researchers from Embrapa Agroenergia and the Sugarcane Technology Center (CTC) have developed an enzyme cocktail supporting competitive production of cellulosic ethanol from cane bagasse and crop residues. The patented […]

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Pakistan – Shortage of molasses impacts ethanol producers [Full subscriber]

The reduction in the cane acreage in Pakistan has invariably affected sugar production, and with it the availability of molasses for ethanol production, according to press reports.

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US ethanol shipped to China [Full subscriber]

According to three ethanol-industry sources and shipping data, a rare U.S. ethanol shipment will arrive in China before the end of May. This may be the first ethanol shipment to hit China since the two countries struck a trade deal earlier this year, reported Reuters.

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European ethanol producers fear dumping from US and Brazil [Full subscriber]

An influx of cheap US and Brazilian ethanol threatens Europe’s producers as businesses resume operations, companies have told the European Commission, urging it to act to protect an industry reeling from depressed demand, reported Reuters.

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