International Sugar Journal

USA – Trump administration capitulates to farmers over biofuels [Registered]

The Trump administration unveiled a plan on 4th October to boost U.S. biofuels consumption starting next year to help struggling farmers, a move that cheered the agriculture industry but triggered a backlash from Big Oil, reported Reuters.

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USA – Trump’s administration granting small refinery exemptions hurts the ethanol industry [Registered]

As the US President Donald Trump faces with mounting anger in the farm belt over policies that allow oil refineries to use less corn-based ethanol, dismal economics that has plagued the US ethanol industry for the past year-and-a-half is beginning to have a significant impact with some plants being shut down or cut back severely on production.

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UK – Shell, British Airways and Velocys to build waste-to-biofuels plant pending planning permission [Registered]

Shell, British Airways and Velocys (subsidiary Altalto Immingham) have applied for planning permission for waste-to-biofuels plant from local authorities in North East Lincolnshire. The feedstock will be non-recyclable domestic or commercial waste that would otherwise end up in landfills or incinerators.

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Poland – Clariant licenses its sunliquid® technology for commercial-scale production of cellulosic ethanol [Full subscriber]

Clariant has licensed its sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol plant technology to Polish fuel company Orlen, the Swiss specialty chemicals maker said on 20th September.

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Brazil – Tariff-free ethanol imports quota increased to 750 million litres [Full subscriber]

The Brazilian government has renewed and increased the size of its tariff-free quota for ethanol imports from 600 million litres to 750 million litres, but the new allotment will last only one year instead of the two years allocated to the former quota that expired on 31st August, according to the country’s official gazette, reported Reuters.

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India – Ethanol blending rate expected to rise to 5.8% as output increases [Full subscriber]

India’s average blending rate for ethanol in gasoline is expected to reach a record 5.8%, up from a previous record 4.1% last year and considerably higher than historical levels according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agriculture Service recent report.

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Molecular simulations reveal the effectiveness of THF in disentangling lignin from lignocellulosic feedstocks [Registered]

In the production of cellulosic biofuels breaking down lignocellulosic feedstocks into C5 and C6 sugars is a major challenge. In a leap forward that could be a game-changer for understanding how plant biomass can be more efficiently broken down, researchers from the University of California (UC), Riverside, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Central Florida have created a chemical roadmap to disentangle the complex polymer lignin from cellulose and hemicellulose.

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El Salvador – Millers invite the government to incentivise ethanol production [Full subscriber]

As a structural sugar exporter, El Salvadoran sugar millers have been hit low sugar prices and are now planning to diversify by expanding into cane-based biofuels production, said yesterday the president of the Sugar Association of El Salvador (AAES), Mario Salaverría, according to local press reports.

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La Réunion and Guadeloupe cane sectors granted €38 million by France [Full subscriber]

The French government has renewed for one year the state aid to La Réunion and Guadeloupe’s sugarcane-sugar sector to the sum of €38 million to compensate for the end of sugar production quotas in Oct 2017, according to the recent announcement by the Ministries of Agriculture and Overseas.

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Brazil – Investment of US$26.4 billion needed to realize RenovaBio’s target of 50 billion litres ethanol by 2030 [Full subscriber]

The cane industry which welcomed the new biofuels policy RenovaBio in December 2017 will probably struggle to expand output from the current 33 billion litres of ethanol to the target of 50 billion litres by 2030, according to local press reports.

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