For 22 years, Toyota Motor Corp. has made hybrid cars that don’t require drivers to choose between running on gas or electricity. In October it will add a third option: ethanol.
The Chinese Zhongkai International is investing US$9 million to build a new ethanol processing plant in central Zambia, according to local press reports.
Brazil – Sao Martinho planning to build US$91 million corn-ethanol plant in Goiás state [Full subscriber]
Sao Martinho SA, one of Brazil’s largest sugar and ethanol producers, plans to build a corn-ethanol plant in the state of Goiás, the company said in a securities filing, reports Reuters.
Researchers at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), working in partnership with colleagues at the Brazilian Biorenewables National Laboratory (LNBR) in Campinas, São Paulo State, Brazil, have discovered that modifying the enzyme β-glucosidase sourced from Trichoderma harzianum, a fungus found in the Amazon, greatly facilitates the hydrolysis of cellulosic feedstocks for the production of simple sugars for subsequent fermentation.
Brazil sees a brighter outlook for ethanol as US corn output is expected to fall significantly [Registered]
Brazilian sugar mills are closely watching the 2019 U.S. corn crop for reduced harvests that could boost prices for the cereal, raising ethanol production costs there and opening room for Brazilian ethanol to gain domestic market share, reports Reuters.
Brazil – Government permits use of debentures to drive investments in the ethanol sector [Full subscriber]
The Minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque, signed on 17th June during the Ethanol Summit, in São Paulo, the ordinance authorizing the issuance of incentive debentures by the biofuels sector, according to local press reports.
Now, scientists at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a chemocatalytic approach to convert cellulose into ethanol in a one-pot process by using a multifunctional Mo/Pt/WOx catalyst.
Following a bold move by a group of investors in 2014 to embark on building Brazil’s first ethanol plant based 100% on corn, five years on, the group has doubled capacity in the initial plant, built a second unit and announced plans for three more, as Brazilian farmers ramp up corn production, reported Reuters.