ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group are partnering with Clariant to evaluate the potential use of cellulosic sugars from lignocellulosic feedstock, primarily crop residues to produce biofuel.
VTT launches gasification technology to produce biofuel cost-effectively from lignocellulosic feedstock [Registered]
Researchers at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd have developed a new gasification-based technique to turn lignocellulosic feedstock, in particular, forest industry residues, into transport fuels and chemicals.
China is set to more than triple its ethanol production capacity by 2020 as the demand for the commodity is expected to surge as the country shifts toward cleaner fuels, according to a government researcher, reported Reuters.
On the back of the government initiative to drive biofuels production in the country, sugar mills have lined up fresh investment to the tune of INR 60 billion (US$840 million) to upgrade for producing ethanol from sugarcane, according to local press reports.
One of India’s top sugar companies Balrampur Chini Mills is investing in a new ethanol plant that will increase its capacity from the current 115 million litres to 18 million litres.
Public anger in France over increasing fuel prices, which gave rise to the anti-government “yellow vest” movement, has further boosted demand for crop-based ethanol fuel from motorists seeking cheaper deals, according to industry representatives, reported Reuter.
Imports of ethanol to Brazil more than doubled to 172.36 million litres in December ‘18, compared with 83.57 million litres during the same month of 2017.
Last December, construction began on a demonstration plant producing jet fuel from wood biomass. This was supported by a Japanese consortium, led by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd., with partners Chubu Electric Power Co (CEPCO), Toyo Engineering Corp. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and support from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).
Supercomputer use greatly advances molecular-level breakdown of lignocellulosic feedstock [Full subscriber]
Using supercomputers, a team from the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has made several fundamental discoveries related to the challenges associated with breaking down lignocellulosic feedstock prior to the production of cellulosic biofuels.
Brazil – Technical and legal hurdles addressed by GranBio for its cellulosic ethanol plant [Full subscriber]
The first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant built in Brazil with investment by GranBio in São Miguel dos Campos, Alagoas was briefly operational in 2014 but had to shut down a couple of months later as a result of a variety of operational problems. According to Valor Economico, process conversion technology problems were exacerbated by legal issues underpinning access to latest technology.