International Sugar Journal

Covid-19 pandemic triggers fall in global ethanol production by almost 15% in 2020 [Full subscriber]

Strongly impacted by the Covid‑19 crisis, global ethanol production is anticipated to contract 14.5% to 98 billion litres in 2020 – from 115 billion litres in 2019. Around 80% of the y-o-y fall in output is in the key markets of Brazil and the United States, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

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Australia – Biofuel demands falls as motorists shun the fuel [Full subscriber]

Australian motorists are continuing to shun biofuels against global trends. A report commissioned by APAC Biofuel Consultants found biofuel demand in Australia fell in 12 months.

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European and US oil refiners turn to biofuels amidst plant closures [Full subscriber]

European and US oil refineries face a wave of closures due to plateauing fuel demand, tightening environmental rules and overseas competition, prompting some owners to opt for an easier alternative – converting plants to produce biofuels, reports Reuters.

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New ultra-efficient catalyst effective in recycling contaminated cooking oil into biodiesel [Full subscriber]

An international collaboration led by RMIT University has developed a powerful, low-cost method for recycling used cooking oil and agricultural waste into biodiesel and turning food scraps and plastic rubbish into high-value products.

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USA – 2020 ethanol production expected to decline by 13% [Full subscriber]

The data on September 25 by the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) indicate a drop in ethanol production by 13% in 2020 fostered by the COVID-19 pandemic this past spring.

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Brazil – President Bolsonaro inaugurates filter cake+vinasse-based biogas plant [Full subscriber]

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro inaugurated on 16th October what is claimed to be the world’s first commercial-scale biogas factory that will use filter cake and vinasse, byproducts from sugarcane-based ethanol production in Guariba, Sao Paulo state.

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USA – Ethanol producers switch to lucrative sanitizer production [Full subscriber]

Switching to producing high-grade alcohol for sanitizer production has given a lifeline to ethanol producers hit hard with falling demand for fuel ethanol during the Covid-19 pandemic, reported Reuters.

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Cargill and Virent partner to elicit the potential of BioForming technology for the production of drop-in fuels and chemicals [Full subscriber]

Cargill and Virent, Inc. are partnering to evaluate the use of Cargill’s corn dextrose as a feedstock to Virent’s BioForming technology for the production of “drop-in” low-carbon biofuels and biochemicals.

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Bacterial cellulose degradation system could boost production of cellulosic biofuels [Full subscriber]

Researchers at Japan’s Institute for Molecular Science, National Institutes of Natural Sciences (IMS, NINS) have uncovered details of how a certain type of bacteria breaks down cellulose — a finding that could help reduce the cost biofuel production.

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Global biofuels sector employed 2.5 million, mainly in the agricultural sector, says IRENA [Full subscriber]

The global biofuels sector employed a total of 2.5 million people in 2019, accounting for over 20% of the 11.5 million people employed in the renewable energy sector, according to the recent report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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