Lignin is a major lock for lignocellulose valorization in biorefineries, prompting a need to find new ligninolytic systems. Termites are efficient lignocellulose degraders, and a large part of this ability comes from its anaerobic gut microbiome. Now, researchers from France, Japan and the Netherlands have found that microbes from the guts of certain termite species can help break down the tough polymer lignin.
British Airways partners with LanzaJet for the supply of sustainably produced aviation fuel [Full subscriber]
LanzaJet, the renewable jet fuel startup spun out from the biotech start-up LanzaTech, has signed a supply agreement with British Airways to supply the company with at least 7,500 tons of jet fuel annually.
India plans to achieve 20% ethanol-blending with gasoline by 2025, five years ahead of its previous target. India’s Oil and Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on 24th January this was to help reduce its dependence on costly oil imports.
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.