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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.