International Sugar Journal

India – Government to incentivise millers with 6% interest subsidy towards building new ethanol plants [Full subscriber]

To support the competitiveness of sugar mills through diversification, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is incentivising the building new ethanol plants with 6% interest subsidy, according to Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi speaking to the local press.

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Photochemical process converts bio-acetone to green jet fuel additive [Registered]

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), with colleagues at Yale University, have developed a photochemical process to convert acetone derived from plants (bio-acetone) into a mixture of polycyclic alkanes, the high energy density of which is appropriate for high-performance aviation applications.

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China – National ethanol mandate of 10% suspended as corn supply drops [Full subscriber]

China has suspended its plan to implement a nationwide gasoline blend containing 10% ethanol this year following a sharp decline in the country’s corn stocks and limited production capacity of the biofuel, reported Reuters.

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Production of cellulosic biofuels advanced by pre-treatment with ammonium-salt [Full subscriber]

Researchers at Rutgers University-New Brunswick have developed a new pre-treatment process that could make it much cheaper to produce cellulosic biofuels.

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UK government funds 4 waste-to-fuel plants [Full subscriber]

The UK’s Department for Transport recently announced funding for four new biofuel plants in its drive towards net-zero emissions.

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Finland – Stora Enso pilots sludge-to-biofuels production [Full subscriber]

Sludge is a byproduct of processes carried out in industry and agriculture. It is very wet, so disposing of it is difficult. A pilot project at Stora Enso Oyj’s Heinola Mill in Finland addresses this challenge by profitizing the waste stream using novel technology.

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USA – Corn growers dismayed over EPAs final rule on refinery exemptions [Full subscriber]

The Trump administration finalized U.S. biofuel blending requirements for 2020 on 19th December, leaving a key part of the rule unchanged from an earlier proposal that the corn lobby had criticized as inadequate to help struggling farmers, reported Reuters.

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Vertimass’ CADO technology cost-effectively produces drop-in fuels from ethanol [Full subscriber]

A technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and scaled up by Vertimass LLC to convert ethanol into fuels suitable for aviation, shipping and other heavy-duty applications can be price-competitive with conventional fuels while retaining the sustainability benefits of biobased ethanol, according to a new analysis.

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USA – Closure of ethanol plants impact corn farmers income [Full subscriber]

Skewed biofuels policy by the Trump administration whereby more oil refineries have been granted exemptions to blend ethanol in gasoline has invariably impacted the biofuels sector adversely and with it, the corn farmers supplying the feedstock.

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Brazil – 24 mills expanding ethanol production capacity [Full subscriber]

On the back of RenovaBio policy, the biofuel sector is expanding as sugar-energy groups invest in increasing capacity.

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