International Sugar Journal

Pakistan – Shortage of molasses impacts ethanol producers [Full subscriber]

The reduction in the cane acreage in Pakistan has invariably affected sugar production, and with it the availability of molasses for ethanol production, according to press reports.

Read more …

US ethanol shipped to China [Full subscriber]

According to three ethanol-industry sources and shipping data, a rare U.S. ethanol shipment will arrive in China before the end of May. This may be the first ethanol shipment to hit China since the two countries struck a trade deal earlier this year, reported Reuters.

Read more …

European ethanol producers fear dumping from US and Brazil [Full subscriber]

An influx of cheap US and Brazilian ethanol threatens Europe’s producers as businesses resume operations, companies have told the European Commission, urging it to act to protect an industry reeling from depressed demand, reported Reuters.

Read more …

USA – Lawmakers propose Covid-19 relief package for biofuel producers [Full subscriber]

The US lawmakers on 12th May introduced the stimulus package known as the HEROES Act that would include aid to biofuel producers after the demand for the fuel plummeted because of the coronavirus pandemic, causing mass shutdowns in the industry.

Read more …

Brazil – Revenues from ethanol sales down 50% in April [Full subscriber]

Fuel consumption declined sharply in Brazil in April, amid the impact of isolation measures taken to stem the spread of coronavirus, with demand for ethanol plummeting 49% year-on-year, said the minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque, reported Reuters.

Read more …

USA – Over 70 ethanol plants idled and 70 more reducing their operations [Full subscriber]

Over “70 ethanol facilities with an annual production capacity of 6.1 billion gallons have been fully idled, and approximately 70 more plants have reduced their operating rates by a combined amount of 1.9 billion gallons annualized” according to 24 senators in a letter to President Trump on 7th May to support the sector as the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in steep decline in both gasoline and fuel ethanol demand

Read more …

Agave – not cost-effective feedstock for biofuels production [Full subscriber]

Researchers from the universities of Sydney, Exeter and Adelaide have found that while agave is an environmentally friendly crop which could be established in semi-arid regions, it is simply not profitable for use in the production of biofuels.

Read more …

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.

Read more …

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.

Read more …

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.

Read more …