International Sugar Journal

Brazil – Expansion in corn-based ethanol expected to continue [Full subscriber]

The heavily indebted sugar-ethanol sector in the country is paving way for expansion in corn-based ethanol, reports Bloomberg.

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Brazil – Raízen partners with Geo Energética to build a biogas plant [Full subscriber]

The sugar-ethanol producer Raízen, co-owned by Cosan and Shell giants is partnering with Geo Energética to build a power plant from biogas produced from waste streams from cane sugar processing – namely filter cake and vinasse, according to local press reports.

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Hydrogen production increased by 46% from engineering Thermotoga maritima increases [Registered]

Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), with colleagues from North Carolina State University and the University of Connecticut, have engineered the hyperthermophilic anaerobe Thermotoga maritima to produce 46% more hydrogen per cell than the wild type.

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India – New biofuels policy includes building 12 new biorefineries to reduce oil imports [Registered]

India aims to increase the use of biofuels to cut its oil import bill by INR120 billion (US$1.72 billion) by 2022 and reduce carbon emissions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on 10th August.

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Yeast engineered to tolerate toxic chemicals used in pre-treatment process for cellulosic ethanol production [Registered]

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and several Department of Energy laboratories have identified two changes to a single gene that can make the yeast tolerate the pre-treatment chemicals.

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India – Government allows ethanol production from cane juice [Full subscriber]

The Indian government has decided to allow sugar mills to manufacture ethanol from sugarcane juice as well as B-molasses, according to local press reports.

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Palladium-copper catalyst enhances carbon dioxide-to-methanol conversion [Registered]

Researchers at Penn State University claim to have made significant strides in converting carbon dioxide into methanol by developing a new catalyst that uses a specific formulation of palladium and copper.

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Brazil – Ethanol reserves rising, prices falling, increased sugar production likely [Full subscriber]

As ethanol prices tumble amidst rising stockpiles and storage capacity becoming increasingly limited, the prospect of sugar output increasing seems likely, according to Bloomberg.

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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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