International Sugar Journal

Austria – As the new cellulosic ethanol plant AustroCel Hallein nears competition it secures sustainability seal of approval [Registered]

AustroCel Hallein’s new cellulosic ethanol plant currently under construction is set to come on stream by the end of the year, according to local press reports.

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Brazil – Grupo Cocal invests US$1.8 million to upgrade its biogas plant [Full subscriber]

Greenlane Renewables recently announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has signed a CA$2.4 million (US$1.8 million) contract with the Brazilian sugar and ethanol producer Grupo Cocal to upgrade its biogas production system.

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USA – DOE funds 7 R&D biofuel projects that will help drive energy efficiency [Registered]

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected seven projects for awards totalling US$1.94 million to conduct research and development to accelerate the adoption of performance-advantaged biofuel blendstocks. These fuels are derived from renewable feedstocks and can deliver exceptional efficiency with low emissions. The seven projects will leverage National Laboratory capabilities as part of the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative.

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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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