International Sugar Journal

Food waste to biodiesel production process successfully road tested for 2000 hours continuously [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have successfully tested their technology to process food waste via hydrothermal liquefication into biocrude which undergoes hydro-treatment to produce biofuel.

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Kenya – Vuma Biofuels produces fuel briquettes from cane bagasse [Full subscriber]

Vuma Biofuels is exploiting bagasse it has access to from two cane sugar factories to produce fuel briquettes.

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Global biofuels output to increase by over 25% by 2026 says IEA [Full subscriber]

The International Energy Agency expects global biofuels production to increase by more than 25% by 2026, after the ‘demand shock’ caused by COVID-19 cutting road fuel demand and triggering a drop in output.

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Cane sugar ethanol fermentation yields increased by 3% from promoting co-occurring Lactobacillus amylovorus [Full subscriber]

Cane sugar ethanol fermentation represents a simple microbial community dominated by S. cerevisiae and co-occurring bacteria with a clearly defined functionality. Researchers at The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU) and Yale University have discovered that both the total yield and the cost of the fermentation process could be improved by promoting the prevalence of a particular bacterial species.

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Brazil – Sao Martinho invests in flex plant technology to produce ethanol from corn [Full subscriber]

One of Brazil’s largest sugar and ethanol groups São Martinho SA has selected and contracted Fluid Quip’s Flex Plant Technology to be installed at its Boa Vista sugarcane ethanol facility in Quirinópolis, Goiás to process corn for ethanol.

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Turning food wastes into energy-dense biofuels [Full subscriber]

Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have successfully converted food waste homes and businesses into an energy-dense biofuel. PNNL has deployed customized equipment known as […]

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Indian Oil Corporation to invest US$163 million for 2 new ethanol plants [Full subscriber]

Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is planning to invest ₹12 billion (US$163 million) for new ethanol production plants in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, according to a top IOC official.  

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Enzymes from termite gut microbes could aid lignocellulosic biofuel production [Full subscriber]

Lignin is a major lock for lignocellulose valorization in biorefineries, prompting a need to find new ligninolytic systems. Termites are efficient lignocellulose degraders, and a large part of this ability comes from its anaerobic gut microbiome. Now, researchers from France, Japan and the Netherlands have found that microbes from the guts of certain termite species can help break down the tough polymer lignin.

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British Airways partners with LanzaJet for the supply of sustainably produced aviation fuel [Full subscriber]

LanzaJet, the renewable jet fuel startup spun out from the biotech start-up LanzaTech, has signed a supply agreement with British Airways to supply the company with at least 7,500 tons of jet fuel annually.

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India – The goal of 20% ethanol-gasoline blending rate likely by 2025 [Full subscriber]

India plans to achieve 20% ethanol-blending with gasoline by 2025, five years ahead of its previous target. India’s Oil and Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on 24th January this was to help reduce its dependence on costly oil imports.

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