Researchers from Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany) and Changzhou University (China) have found a new synthetic route to produce biofuel from biomass. The chemists converted the substance 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) produced from biomass into 2,5-dimethylfuran (DMF), a suitable biofuel.
USA – California Ethanol + Power starts recruiting farmers to grow cane for new US$1 billion project [Full subscriber]
California Ethanol + Power recently announced that it has commenced recruiting farmers in the local Imperial Valley farming communities to secure formal commitments to grow the first 20,000 acres (8094 ha) of sugarcane feedstock for US1 billion Sugar Valley Energy project.
Sales of hydrous ethanol were down by 14.7% in 2020 compared to the previous year. This was largely due to the pandemic and restrictions on travel, reported Valor Economico.
Brazil – São Martinho group secures funding from BNDES for new corn ethanol and cogen plants [Full subscriber]
The Brazilian development bank BNDES has approved BRL942 million (US$ 178 million) in financing for a corn ethanol plant and a cogen unit to be developed by the São Martinho group, according to local press reports.
India – Soft loans of US$622 million extended to grain-based distilleries to drive ethanol production expansion [Full subscriber]
In an effort to speed up expansion in ethanol production by 10 billion litres, the government on 31st December approved interest subvention of INR45.73 billion (US$622 million) by extending the soft loan programme to include grain-based distilleries.
In the last five years, corn ethanol production in Brazil has increased more than tenfold. The 2020/21 corn ethanol production is expected to increase by 80.3% to 3.021 billion litres according to the national agricultural agency, Companhia Nacional de Abastecimento (Conab).
On 14th December, Brazil reinstituted 20% tariff on imports of ethanol from the USA as talks between the two countries on opening up their ethanol and sugar markets have simply not progressed, according to Brazilian government source speaking to Reuters.
Canada – Enerkem, Shell and Suncor partner on US$684 million waste-to-biofuels plant [Full subscriber]
Waste-to-fuels firm Enerkem is partnering with Shell, Suncor, Proman, and Hydro-Québec to build a CA$875-million (US$684 million) renewable chemicals and biofuels plant in Varennes, near Montreal with the support of the Québec and Canadian governments.
Researchers at Imperial College London in collaboration with BP have developed a membrane-based extraction system which uses less than 25% of the energy of current processes and produces ten times more butanol with over 99.5% purity.