International Sugar Journal

Challenges to producing hydrocarbons from lignocellulosic feedstocks [Registered]

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have identified two main challenges for the production of biobased hydrocarbons to be used as diesel and jet fuels from lignocellulosic feedstocks.

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Virgin Atlantic uses jet fuel from recycled CO2 for a commercial flight [Full subscriber]

The Virgin Atlantic Airlines’ successfully flew and landed a commercial flight from Orlando to London using a Boeing 747 on 3rd October using aviation fuel partly made of waste CO2 from a steel mill.

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Cellulosic sugars production doubled with a new process [Full subscriber]

The production of cellulosic biofuels involves breaking down lignocellulosic feedstock to produce single carbohydrates, mostly in the form of simple sugars like xylose and glucose. But even though these sugars are valuable, current processes for plant deconstruction often end up degrading them

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Brazil – Expansion in corn-based ethanol expected to continue [Full subscriber]

The heavily indebted sugar-ethanol sector in the country is paving way for expansion in corn-based ethanol, reports Bloomberg.

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Brazil – Raízen partners with Geo Energética to build a biogas plant [Full subscriber]

The sugar-ethanol producer Raízen, co-owned by Cosan and Shell giants is partnering with Geo Energética to build a power plant from biogas produced from waste streams from cane sugar processing – namely filter cake and vinasse, according to local press reports.

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Hydrogen production increased by 46% from engineering Thermotoga maritima increases [Registered]

Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), with colleagues from North Carolina State University and the University of Connecticut, have engineered the hyperthermophilic anaerobe Thermotoga maritima to produce 46% more hydrogen per cell than the wild type.

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India – New biofuels policy includes building 12 new biorefineries to reduce oil imports [Registered]

India aims to increase the use of biofuels to cut its oil import bill by INR120 billion (US$1.72 billion) by 2022 and reduce carbon emissions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on 10th August.

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Yeast engineered to tolerate toxic chemicals used in pre-treatment process for cellulosic ethanol production [Registered]

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and several Department of Energy laboratories have identified two changes to a single gene that can make the yeast tolerate the pre-treatment chemicals.

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India – Government allows ethanol production from cane juice [Full subscriber]

The Indian government has decided to allow sugar mills to manufacture ethanol from sugarcane juice as well as B-molasses, according to local press reports.

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Palladium-copper catalyst enhances carbon dioxide-to-methanol conversion [Registered]

Researchers at Penn State University claim to have made significant strides in converting carbon dioxide into methanol by developing a new catalyst that uses a specific formulation of palladium and copper.

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