Brazil – Ethanol sales recovery stalled by stations not passing on gasoline price rise increases [Full subscriber]
Stations in large cities have avoided raising gasoline prices to maintain sales, despite rising refinery costs. Since April, the wholesale cost increased by 59%, while prices at the pump fell 4% in the state of São Paulo, according to data from Petrobras and the National Petroleum Agency (ANP), reported Bloomberg.
The green technologies company NextChem is licensing LanzaTechs ‘waste to ethanol’ process conversion technology. NextChem will exclusively license this technology in Italy and, on a project basis, in some foreign markets.
India – Progress being made with increasing ethanol blending rate, but more new build is needed [Registered]
Ethanol supply contracts for 1.7 billion litres have been entered into between ethanol manufacturers/sugar mills and oil marketing companies (OMCs) for the current ethanol supply year (ESY, December-November) 2019-20, according to local press reports
Austria – As the new cellulosic ethanol plant AustroCel Hallein nears competition it secures sustainability seal of approval [Registered]
AustroCel Hallein’s new cellulosic ethanol plant currently under construction is set to come on stream by the end of the year, according to local press reports.
Greenlane Renewables recently announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has signed a CA$2.4 million (US$1.8 million) contract with the Brazilian sugar and ethanol producer Grupo Cocal to upgrade its biogas production system.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected seven projects for awards totalling US$1.94 million to conduct research and development to accelerate the adoption of performance-advantaged biofuel blendstocks. These fuels are derived from renewable feedstocks and can deliver exceptional efficiency with low emissions. The seven projects will leverage National Laboratory capabilities as part of the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has put on hold indefinitely a proposal for the amount of biofuels refiners must blend into their fuel next year, reported Reuters.
Efficient and sustainable cellulosic biofuels production via novel laser technique [Full subscriber]
Production of cellulosic biofuels is a complex process requiring separation of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin from lignonocellulosic feedstocks and then hydrolysing the former two to produce sugars which are then fermented into alcohol. Researchers from Japan have developed a new laser technique for breaking up cellulose with ease to facilitate cellulosic biofuels production.
Global engineering and consultancy firm Worley has been awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) to develop Avantium’s flagship plant that will support the transition to a biobased economy for plastics. The plant will produce 100% plant-based FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) – a key building block for many chemicals and plastics.
The biotech start-up LanzaTech, recently announced the launch of LanzaJet Inc., a new company that will produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).