Researchers at Imperial College London in collaboration with BP have developed a membrane-based extraction system which uses less than 25% of the energy of current processes and produces ten times more butanol with over 99.5% purity.
Ethanol production in the EU 27 + UK from agricultural feedstocks amounted to 6.35 billion litres in 2019, representing a small decrease of 1% from the previous year, according to the European Commission.
Researchers at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and their collaborators have begun a large-scale project demonstrating photovoltaic powered production of hydrogen, which is then used to convert carbon dioxide into methanol.
Covid-19 pandemic triggers fall in global ethanol production by almost 15% in 2020 [Full subscriber]
Strongly impacted by the Covid‑19 crisis, global ethanol production is anticipated to contract 14.5% to 98 billion litres in 2020 – from 115 billion litres in 2019. Around 80% of the y-o-y fall in output is in the key markets of Brazil and the United States, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Australian motorists are continuing to shun biofuels against global trends. A report commissioned by APAC Biofuel Consultants found biofuel demand in Australia fell in 12 months.
European and US oil refineries face a wave of closures due to plateauing fuel demand, tightening environmental rules and overseas competition, prompting some owners to opt for an easier alternative – converting plants to produce biofuels, reports Reuters.
New ultra-efficient catalyst effective in recycling contaminated cooking oil into biodiesel [Full subscriber]
An international collaboration led by RMIT University has developed a powerful, low-cost method for recycling used cooking oil and agricultural waste into biodiesel and turning food scraps and plastic rubbish into high-value products.
The data on September 25 by the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) indicate a drop in ethanol production by 13% in 2020 fostered by the COVID-19 pandemic this past spring.