International Sugar Journal

Membrane bioreactors improve the production of cellulosic ethanol [Registered]

Membrane bioreactors (MBRs) are widely used in wastewater treatment plants because they intensify the biotreatment process, reduce the number of processing stages, retain the biocatalyst and help remove the product from the suspended solids. In order to take advantage of these benefits, as well as to enable continuous production, membrane modules have been developed and tested for lignocellulosic-ethanol production by researchers at the Dept. of Resource Recovery, University of Borås, with cooperation and support from the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO).

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Brazil – Sao Martinho considers producing corn ethanol at its sugar mill [Registered]

With four sugarcane mills, the São Martinho Group is considering adding a corn ethanol unit at its mill São Martinho Mill in Pradopolis, Sao Paulo state, to boost ethanol production, reported Reuters.

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Colombia – 30,000 jobs at risk from ethanol imports from USA [Full subscriber]

The president of Asocaña, the local sugar industry association, María Eugenia Lloreda, is calling for imposing a tariff of 22% on ethanol imports from the USA, otherwise, 30,000 jobs in the sector are at risk as is the viability of the ethanol industry in Colombia, she stressed.

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Ethanol identified as the cleanest of biofuels [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the University of Central Florida have determined that ethanol is the best biofuel when it comes to producing the least amount of soot, a deadly by-product of combustion.

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France – Soaring demand drives sales of fuel ethanol [Full subscriber]

Ethanol sale in France should continue to rise sharply this year after reaching a new record in 2019, mostly boosted by tax breaks and wider availability in petrol stations, according to the French ethanol producer group SNPAA, reported Reuters.

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India – Government to incentivise millers with 6% interest subsidy towards building new ethanol plants [Full subscriber]

To support the competitiveness of sugar mills through diversification, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is incentivising the building new ethanol plants with 6% interest subsidy, according to Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi speaking to the local press.

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Photochemical process converts bio-acetone to green jet fuel additive [Registered]

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), with colleagues at Yale University, have developed a photochemical process to convert acetone derived from plants (bio-acetone) into a mixture of polycyclic alkanes, the high energy density of which is appropriate for high-performance aviation applications.

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China – National ethanol mandate of 10% suspended as corn supply drops [Full subscriber]

China has suspended its plan to implement a nationwide gasoline blend containing 10% ethanol this year following a sharp decline in the country’s corn stocks and limited production capacity of the biofuel, reported Reuters.

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Production of cellulosic biofuels advanced by pre-treatment with ammonium-salt [Full subscriber]

Researchers at Rutgers University-New Brunswick have developed a new pre-treatment process that could make it much cheaper to produce cellulosic biofuels.

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UK government funds 4 waste-to-fuel plants [Full subscriber]

The UK’s Department for Transport recently announced funding for four new biofuel plants in its drive towards net-zero emissions.

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