International Sugar Journal

Finland – Stora Enso pilots sludge-to-biofuels production [Full subscriber]

Sludge is a byproduct of processes carried out in industry and agriculture. It is very wet, so disposing of it is difficult. A pilot project at Stora Enso Oyj’s Heinola Mill in Finland addresses this challenge by profitizing the waste stream using novel technology.

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USA – Corn growers dismayed over EPAs final rule on refinery exemptions [Full subscriber]

The Trump administration finalized U.S. biofuel blending requirements for 2020 on 19th December, leaving a key part of the rule unchanged from an earlier proposal that the corn lobby had criticized as inadequate to help struggling farmers, reported Reuters.

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Vertimass’ CADO technology cost-effectively produces drop-in fuels from ethanol [Full subscriber]

A technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and scaled up by Vertimass LLC to convert ethanol into fuels suitable for aviation, shipping and other heavy-duty applications can be price-competitive with conventional fuels while retaining the sustainability benefits of biobased ethanol, according to a new analysis.

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USA – Closure of ethanol plants impact corn farmers income [Full subscriber]

Skewed biofuels policy by the Trump administration whereby more oil refineries have been granted exemptions to blend ethanol in gasoline has invariably impacted the biofuels sector adversely and with it, the corn farmers supplying the feedstock.

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Brazil – 24 mills expanding ethanol production capacity [Full subscriber]

On the back of RenovaBio policy, the biofuel sector is expanding as sugar-energy groups invest in increasing capacity.

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India resists reducing import duty of 150% on fuel ethanol from USA [Full subscriber]

India’s commerce ministry has turned down a request by the US to reduce the import duty on denatured ethanol entering the country, according to two senior government officials.

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Global biofuel output to grow by 25% by 2024 forecasts IEA [Full subscriber]

Global biofuel production is forecast to rise by 25% by 2024, with China expected to triple output in the next five years according to the latest International Energy Agency (IEA) report published in late October.

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Fractionating corn components elevates the profitability of ethanol production [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the University of Illinois show that implementing fractionation techniques that separate corn components prior to fermentation can improve the profitability of ethanol production.

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Brazil – COFCO invests in expanding ethanol production capacity at its mills [Full subscriber]

Chinese commodities trader COFCO International is to expand ethanol production at its four mills in Brazil to increase its competitiveness as returns from sugar are disappointing, reported Reuters.

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Researchers convert municipal waste into biofuel precursors [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have been successful in producing high yields of biofuel precursors with their process conversion technology exploiting municipal solid waste (MSW).

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