Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant said on 15th October that it had completed the construction of a cellulosic ethanol plant in the southern Romanian county of Dolj.
India – Government injected US$4.65 billion over last six years to incentivise ethanol production [Full subscriber]
Over the last six years, this Government has successfully injected INR350 billion (US$4.65 billion) to drive ethanol production, according to the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas.
South African Sugar Association (SASA) is in talks with the government over a potential subsidy that could see it convert more than a third of its annual sugar output into biofuel, reported Bloomberg
On September 9, the Colombian government released a new resolution to decrease its ethanol blend level to 4% (E4), effective September 11, according to USDA’s recent attaché report.
Shell plans to build an 820,000 t/y biofuels facility in the Netherlands, which it claims will be one of Europe’s largest.
USA – DOE awards US$64.7 million for biofuels research to decarbonize aviation and shipping sectors [Full subscriber]
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced on 9th September US$64.7 million in funding for projects focused on producing cost-effective, low-carbon biofuels.
A patented process for converting alcohol sourced from renewable or industrial waste gases into a jet or diesel fuel is being scaled up at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with the help of partners at Oregon State University and the carbon-recycling experts at LanzaTech.
In 2020, US ethanol exports totalled 1.3 billion gallons (5.91 billion litres), valued at US$2.3 billion. This volume was 9% lower than 2019 due to reduced demand for fuel and 20% below the record 1.7 billion gallons (7.73 billion litres) shipped in 2018. However, the year-over-year value fell only 1% due to higher prices for fuel ethanol and increased shipments of higher-value, medical-grade ethanol.
Ethanol production projects – both new build activity and expansion in capacity are on overdrive as millers, incentivised by the government policy pursue the blend mandate target of 20% by 2025.