International Sugar Journal

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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Brazil – Ethanol use fell by 16.7% in H1 2020 [Full subscriber]

The first half of the year registered a drop of 16.7% in the consumption of hydrated ethanol and 11% of anhydrous, according to the data from the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP).

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Brazil – Ethanol sales recovery stalled by stations not passing on gasoline price rise increases [Full subscriber]

Stations in large cities have avoided raising gasoline prices to maintain sales, despite rising refinery costs. Since April, the wholesale cost increased by 59%, while prices at the pump fell 4% in the state of São Paulo, according to data from Petrobras and the National Petroleum Agency (ANP), reported Bloomberg.

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NextChem licenses LanzaTech’s ‘waste to ethanol’ conversion technology [Full subscriber]

The green technologies company NextChem is licensing LanzaTechs ‘waste to ethanol’ process conversion technology. NextChem will exclusively license this technology in Italy and, on a project basis, in some foreign markets.

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India – Progress being made with increasing ethanol blending rate, but more new build is needed [Registered]

Ethanol supply contracts for 1.7 billion litres have been entered into between ethanol manufacturers/sugar mills and oil marketing companies (OMCs) for the current ethanol supply year (ESY, December-November) 2019-20, according to local press reports

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