International Sugar Journal

Competitive isobutanol production process using supercritical carbon dioxide as solvent [Registered]

Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts have developed a novel process using an unorthodox solvent and engineered microbe to produce isobutanol economically.

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India – 2018/19 will see ethanol blend exceeding 7% [Registered]

India is set to close in on the highest ever ethanol blend in gasoline of 7.2% in the current season (December 2018 – November 2019), according to local press reports.

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Brazil – FS Bioenergia invests US$257 million in new corn-ethanol plant [Full subscriber]

Brazil’s largest grain-producing state Mato Grosso will see an investment of BRL 1 billion (US$257 million) by FS Bioenergia in the building of the company’s third corn-ethanol plant in Nova Mutum, according to Valor Economico.

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Brazil – Two new plants to drive corn ethanol production by 65% [Full subscriber]

Corn ethanol production is expected to increase from 840 million litres in 2018 to 1.4 billion litres in 2019, according to Ricardo Tomczyk, president of the National Union of Ethanol from Corn (Unem).

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USA – EPA unveils a plan to increase ethanol-gasoline blend to 15% [Registered]

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on 12th March released its proposed rule ending the summertime ban of higher-ethanol blends of gasoline, a move requested by President Donald Trump to help corn growers that supply the raw material for the biofuel.

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Netherlands – Shell joins consortium to build €200 million methanol plant in Rotterdam [Registered]

A consortium of companies comprising Enerkem, Air Liquide, Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) and the Port of Rotterdam, has announced that Shell will become an equal equity partner in Europe’s first advanced waste-to-chemicals and biofuels plant in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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India – Sugar mills to supply 510 million litres of ethanol processed from cane juice [Registered]

Measures taken by the Indian government in 2018 to boost ethanol production in the country are already resulting in an increase in contracted supply volumes, according to local press reports.

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Finland – Parliament votes to increase biofuels mandate to 30% by 2029 [Full subscriber]

Finland’s parliament has approved to increase the biofuels mandate for transportation to 30% by 2029.

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ExxonMobil, REG partner with Clariant to develop cellulosic biodiesel technology [Registered]

ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group are partnering with Clariant to evaluate the potential use of cellulosic sugars from lignocellulosic feedstock, primarily crop residues to produce biofuel.

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VTT launches gasification technology to produce biofuel cost-effectively from lignocellulosic feedstock [Registered]

Researchers at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd have developed a new gasification-based technique to turn lignocellulosic feedstock, in particular, forest industry residues, into transport fuels and chemicals.

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