International Sugar Journal

Brazil – President Bolsonaro inaugurates filter cake+vinasse-based biogas plant [Full subscriber]

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro inaugurated on 16th October what is claimed to be the world’s first commercial-scale biogas factory that will use filter cake and vinasse, byproducts from sugarcane-based ethanol production in Guariba, Sao Paulo state.

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USA – Ethanol producers switch to lucrative sanitizer production [Full subscriber]

Switching to producing high-grade alcohol for sanitizer production has given a lifeline to ethanol producers hit hard with falling demand for fuel ethanol during the Covid-19 pandemic, reported Reuters.

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Cargill and Virent partner to elicit the potential of BioForming technology for the production of drop-in fuels and chemicals [Full subscriber]

Cargill and Virent, Inc. are partnering to evaluate the use of Cargill’s corn dextrose as a feedstock to Virent’s BioForming technology for the production of “drop-in” low-carbon biofuels and biochemicals.

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Bacterial cellulose degradation system could boost production of cellulosic biofuels [Full subscriber]

Researchers at Japan’s Institute for Molecular Science, National Institutes of Natural Sciences (IMS, NINS) have uncovered details of how a certain type of bacteria breaks down cellulose — a finding that could help reduce the cost biofuel production.

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Global biofuels sector employed 2.5 million, mainly in the agricultural sector, says IRENA [Full subscriber]

The global biofuels sector employed a total of 2.5 million people in 2019, accounting for over 20% of the 11.5 million people employed in the renewable energy sector, according to the recent report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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India – LanzaTech to supply cellulosic ethanol production technology for a new plant [Full subscriber]

Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL), a leading Indian Refining company, is planning to install a cellulosic ethanol facility in the State of Karnataka, India.

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Pre-treatment of biomass with plasma discharges fosters biogas productivity [Full subscriber]

The cost-effectiveness of biogas production from biomass is limited by the presence of polymeric structures, which are recalcitrant to digestion by bacteria. Therefore, pre-treatments must often be applied prior to anaerobic fermentation to increase yields of biogas. Now, researchers at the Leibniz Institute of Plasma Science and Technology are testing plasma formation in biomass with, they say, promising results.

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USA – EPA cuts biofuel waivers for oil refiners as Trump administration canvasses farm belt votes [Registered]

Following pressure from an important political constituency in the Farm Belt, the Trump administration said on 14th September that it rejected scores of requests from U.S. oil refiners for waivers that would have retroactively spared them from their obligation to blend ethanol into their fuel, reported Reuters.

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Brazil – Tariff-free quota for ethanol imports extended to appease US [Full subscriber]

Brazil extended its tariff-free quota on ethanol imports for 90 days starting 14 September after reaching an agreement with the US to open trade talks on the biofuel and increasing access to sugar (which is currently levied at 140%) as well as corn, according to the foreign ministry joint statement issued with the US Trade Representative (USTR) on 11 September.

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New process upgrades low-quality lignin pyrolysis bio-oil to hydrocarbons [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a process to upgrade low-quality bio-oil produced from lignin via pyrolysis to make high-quality biofuel and biochemicals.

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