International Sugar Journal

USA – 2019 biofuels mandate increases quotas [Registered]

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered oil companies to blend more renewable fuel into gasoline and diesel next year — but it could be the last increase for years to come, as the government starts to make sweeping changes to the US biofuel mandate, reported Bloomberg and Reuters.

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Hemocyanins from gribbles effective in hydrolysing lignocellulosic feedstock [Registered]

An international team of researchers has discovered that gribbles (termites of the sea) that hemocyanin proteins, which transport oxygen through the bodies of invertebrates, play a major role in the crustacean’s ability to extract sugars from wood. This discovery is likely to support the production of cellulosic biofuels where breaking down the lignocellulosic feedstock is the key crucial step.

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Brazil – Millers bet on ethanol, investing in capacity expansion [Registered]

Brazilian sugar companies are increasing their capacity to produce ethanol in the face of depressed global sugar prices and government policies expected to boost demand for the biofuel, reported Reuters.

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Biowaste converted into biodiesel via hydrothermal liquefaction [Full subscriber]

Researchers from the universities Illinois’ (Prairie Research Institute) and Massachusetts (Lowell) report that they have succeeded in converting wet biowaste, such as swine manure and food scraps into biodiesel.

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Red-hued Yeasts hold clues to producing isobutanol [Registered]

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Centre (GLBRC) have identified a red pigment called pulcherrimin, naturally produced by several strains of wild yeasts, that may hold the key to engineering yeasts to produce isobutanol.

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Enerkem produces bio-DME from municipal waste [Registered]

Waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer Enerkem has successfully produced bio-dimethyl ether (Bio-DME), a by-product of biomethanol, that could replace the use of diesel fuel in the transportation sector.

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USA – POET to build new US$160 mln corn-based ethanol plant [Full subscriber]

US ethanol producer Poet LLC said on 26th October that it is planning to construct a new plant in Indiana after earlier this month President Donald Trump directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to lift the ban on summer sales of E15.

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Researchers develop a process to produce cellulosic gasoline [Registered]

Researchers in Belgium at the at KU Leuven’s Centre for Surface Chemistry have found a way to convert lignocellulosic feedstock into gasoline or platform chemicals.

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Global ethanol production set to rise over the next 5 years, says IEA [Registered]

The International Energy Agency released its Renewables 2018 market analysis on Oct. 8, predicting that fuel ethanol will account for two-thirds of the worldwide growth in conventional biofuels between 2018 and 2023.

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India – UP government 5 biogas and an ethanol project [Full subscriber]

The Uttar Pradesh government recently approved six bioenergy investment proposals worth almost INR17 billion (US$231 mln), according to local press reports. 

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