International Sugar Journal

Enerkem produces bio-DME from municipal waste [Registered]

Waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer Enerkem has successfully produced bio-dimethyl ether (Bio-DME), a by-product of biomethanol, that could replace the use of diesel fuel in the transportation sector.

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USA – POET to build new US$160 mln corn-based ethanol plant [Full subscriber]

US ethanol producer Poet LLC said on 26th October that it is planning to construct a new plant in Indiana after earlier this month President Donald Trump directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to lift the ban on summer sales of E15.

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Researchers develop a process to produce cellulosic gasoline [Registered]

Researchers in Belgium at the at KU Leuven’s Centre for Surface Chemistry have found a way to convert lignocellulosic feedstock into gasoline or platform chemicals.

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Global ethanol production set to rise over the next 5 years, says IEA [Registered]

The International Energy Agency released its Renewables 2018 market analysis on Oct. 8, predicting that fuel ethanol will account for two-thirds of the worldwide growth in conventional biofuels between 2018 and 2023.

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India – UP government 5 biogas and an ethanol project [Full subscriber]

The Uttar Pradesh government recently approved six bioenergy investment proposals worth almost INR17 billion (US$231 mln), according to local press reports. 

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Challenges to producing hydrocarbons from lignocellulosic feedstocks [Registered]

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have identified two main challenges for the production of biobased hydrocarbons to be used as diesel and jet fuels from lignocellulosic feedstocks.

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Virgin Atlantic uses jet fuel from recycled CO2 for a commercial flight [Full subscriber]

The Virgin Atlantic Airlines’ successfully flew and landed a commercial flight from Orlando to London using a Boeing 747 on 3rd October using aviation fuel partly made of waste CO2 from a steel mill.

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Cellulosic sugars production doubled with a new process [Full subscriber]

The production of cellulosic biofuels involves breaking down lignocellulosic feedstock to produce single carbohydrates, mostly in the form of simple sugars like xylose and glucose. But even though these sugars are valuable, current processes for plant deconstruction often end up degrading them

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Brazil – Expansion in corn-based ethanol expected to continue [Full subscriber]

The heavily indebted sugar-ethanol sector in the country is paving way for expansion in corn-based ethanol, reports Bloomberg.

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Brazil – Raízen partners with Geo Energética to build a biogas plant [Full subscriber]

The sugar-ethanol producer Raízen, co-owned by Cosan and Shell giants is partnering with Geo Energética to build a power plant from biogas produced from waste streams from cane sugar processing – namely filter cake and vinasse, according to local press reports.

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