International Sugar Journal

Breakthrough in cost-effectively separating biobutanol in the ABE process [Full subscriber]

An international team of researchers have claimed to have made a key breakthrough with the development of a new metal organic framework, or MOF, that can efficiently separate biobutanol from the broth of fermented biomass needed for the fuel’s production.

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JS Group partners with Nova Pangaea Technologies to exploit its biomass fractionation technology for C5 and C6 sugars production [Full subscriber]

Pakistan’s JS Group is partnering with UK-based Nova Pangaea Technologies (NPT) to use its proprietary technology to produce valuable co-products (fuels and chemicals) from sugars fractionated from lignocellulosic feedstocks.

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France – The bioethanol market is collapsing amidst coronavirus lockdown [Full subscriber]

Sales of fuel ethanol is plummeting in France as travel restrictions has resulted in gasoline consumption dropping by more than 75% according to a statement from the French bioethanol industry group SNPAA.

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India – OMCs reduce ethanol offtake amidst coronavirus lockdown as gasoline demand plunges [Full subscriber]

With the demand for transportation fuel down by over 50% amidst the coronavirus lockdown, producers are facing difficulties in supplying ethanol to the oil marketing companies (OMC) who blend it in fuel, according to local press reports.

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USA – Ethanol demand destruction from COVID-19 forcing plants to idle [Full subscriber]

COVID-19 related impact on the staggering rise in unemployment (3.3 million people filing for benefits in the 4th week in March) plus the attendant restrictions on movement is invariably resulting in people driving much less than before, thereby reducing demand for transportation fuels – both gasoline and ethanol – according to the study1 published by economists the University of Illinois on March 26.

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Brazil – 2020/21 ethanol output to drop by 24%, says Pecege [Full subscriber]

Ethanol production in the 2020/21 campaign is expected to fall by up to 24% compared to the 19/20 season, according to the analysis by the research economist Haroldo Torres at Pecege (Continuing Education Program in Economics and Business Management).

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Brazil – Ethanol producers seek government aid [Full subscriber]

Ethanol producers are compiling a list of proposals to the federal government to bail them out amid the collapse of demand emanating from both the coronavirus outbreak and plunge in crude oil prices, reported Valor Economico.

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Turkey diverts fuel ethanol for use in the production of sanitizers [Registered]

Turkey has temporarily scrapped the requirement to include ethanol in gasoline in a bid to boost disinfectant production in the country to help stem the coronavirus outbreak, the country’s industry and technology minister said on 13th March.

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India – Banks put brakes on new build ethanol plants [Full subscriber]

The Indian government had received hundreds of proposals from sugar mills seeking a soft loan under the newly legislated national biofuels policy encouraging expansion in capacity through new build activity. However, ethanol production capacities haven’t come on-stream at the desired pace despite swift approval from the food ministry to the proposals, according to local press reports.

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Coronavirus crisis – a perfect storm for ethanol producers as demand rockets [Full subscriber]

Some ethanol producers worldwide said demand is up for their products due to customers stockpiling hand sanitizer – which can be made using the industrial ethanol – as the coronavirus outbreak worsens, reports Reuters.

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