International Sugar Journal

India – Hike in ethanol price to USȼ64/litre expected to expand production [Full subscriber]

The Indian government has decided to increase the ex-mill price of ethanol derived out of the C-molasses, by almost INR3 per litre to INR43.70 (USȼ64) per litre for the next contract period starting from December 1, 2018 in a bid to cut India’s oil import dependence as well as support the sugarcane industry, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal told reporters after a meeting of the Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 27th June.

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Tweaking glucosidase speeds up the breakdown of lignocellulosic feedstock [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the Imperial College London claim to have successfully modified an enzyme that is able to break down lignocellulosic feedstock 30 times faster than previously possible.

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India – BK Birla Group invests US$11.8 mln in a new distillery [Full subscriber]

After several failed attempts to sell its sugar business, the BK Birla Group is setting up a distillery at an estimated cost of INR800 million (US11.8 mln) to make the unit viable, according to local press reports.

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Environmental sustainability of EU’s biofuel regulation questioned in a doctoral thesis [Registered]

The EU biofuel regulation does not guarantee a reduced climate impact – nor does it address the key issue of substantially reducing transport emissions, according to David Harnesk’s doctoral thesis at Lund University in Sweden.

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Sweden – Rottneros to build lignin-to-biofuels plant [Full subscriber]

Swedish companies Preem and RenFuel are partnering with the pulp producer Rottneros for the construction of the world’s first lignin-to-biofuels plant at its pulp mill in Vallvik, Söderhamn, according to local press reports.

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Improved biomass gasification process developed [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the Chalmers University of Sweden have demonstrated a new approach to gasification technology which would enable existing power facilities to incorporate biomass gasifiers.

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Artificial photosynthesis device doubles the production of hydrogen [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new, stable artificial photosynthesis device doubles the efficiency of harnessing sunlight to break apart both fresh and salt water, generating hydrogen that can then be used in fuel cells.

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Ace Ethanol to install D3MAX’s cellulosic ethanol production technology [Full subscriber]

US-based Ace Ethanol recently announced that it will integrate the patented D3MAX technology with its existing corn dry mill.

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Genetic mechanisms regulating the production of hydrolytic enzymes by Trichoderma species elicited [Full subscriber]

In the production of cellulosic biofuels, enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulosic feedstock to produce sugars that will be subsequently fermented is central to the process. Researchers at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in São Paulo State, Brazil, partnering with colleagues from the National Bioethanol Science & Technology Laboratory (CTBE) have elicited the genetic mechanisms that regulate the control and production of hydrolytic enzymes by, Trichoderma spp.

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Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum facilitates production of biobutanol from cellulosic feedstock in one step [Registered]

Researchers at National University of Singapore (NUS) recently discovered that a naturally occurring bacterium, Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum TG57, isolated from waste generated after harvesting mushrooms, is capable of directly converting cellulose to biobutanol.

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