International Sugar Journal

Light-dependent enzyme promotes drop-in fuels production from cellulosic feedstock [Full subscriber]

Using an unusual, light-dependent enzyme and a newly discovered enzymatic mechanism, researchers from Aarhus University, Denmark and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have succeeded in producing drop-in fuel from lignocellulosic feedstock.

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Commercial-scale biobutanol production in sight with new membrane [Full subscriber]

Researchers at Imperial College London in collaboration with BP have developed a membrane-based extraction system which uses less than 25% of the energy of current processes and produces ten times more butanol with over 99.5% purity.

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Regulating bacteria’s metabolism could pave way for increased biofuel production [Full subscriber]

Researchers at University of California Riverside (UCR) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have used mathematical and computational modelling, artificial intelligence algorithms and experiments showing that bacteria have failsafe mechanisms preventing them from producing too many metabolic intermediates.

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EU – Marginal drop in ethanol production in 2019 to 6.35 billion litres [Full subscriber]

Ethanol production in the EU 27 + UK from agricultural feedstocks amounted to 6.35 billion litres in 2019, representing a small decrease of 1% from the previous year, according to the European Commission.

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Solar-powered liquid fuels production [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and their collaborators have begun a large-scale project demonstrating photovoltaic powered production of hydrogen, which is then used to convert carbon dioxide into methanol.

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Covid-19 pandemic triggers fall in global ethanol production by almost 15% in 2020 [Full subscriber]

Strongly impacted by the Covid‑19 crisis, global ethanol production is anticipated to contract 14.5% to 98 billion litres in 2020 – from 115 billion litres in 2019. Around 80% of the y-o-y fall in output is in the key markets of Brazil and the United States, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

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Australia – Biofuel demands falls as motorists shun the fuel [Full subscriber]

Australian motorists are continuing to shun biofuels against global trends. A report commissioned by APAC Biofuel Consultants found biofuel demand in Australia fell in 12 months.

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European and US oil refiners turn to biofuels amidst plant closures [Full subscriber]

European and US oil refineries face a wave of closures due to plateauing fuel demand, tightening environmental rules and overseas competition, prompting some owners to opt for an easier alternative – converting plants to produce biofuels, reports Reuters.

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New ultra-efficient catalyst effective in recycling contaminated cooking oil into biodiesel [Full subscriber]

An international collaboration led by RMIT University has developed a powerful, low-cost method for recycling used cooking oil and agricultural waste into biodiesel and turning food scraps and plastic rubbish into high-value products.

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USA – 2020 ethanol production expected to decline by 13% [Full subscriber]

The data on September 25 by the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) indicate a drop in ethanol production by 13% in 2020 fostered by the COVID-19 pandemic this past spring.

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