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.
On the back of RenovaBio policy, the biofuel sector is expanding as sugar-energy groups invest in increasing capacity.
India’s commerce ministry has turned down a request by the US to reduce the import duty on denatured ethanol entering the country, according to two senior government officials.
Global biofuel production is forecast to rise by 25% by 2024, with China expected to triple output in the next five years according to the latest International Energy Agency (IEA) report published in late October.
Researchers at the University of Illinois show that implementing fractionation techniques that separate corn components prior to fermentation can improve the profitability of ethanol production.
Chinese commodities trader COFCO International is to expand ethanol production at its four mills in Brazil to increase its competitiveness as returns from sugar are disappointing, reported Reuters.
Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have been successful in producing high yields of biofuel precursors with their process conversion technology exploiting municipal solid waste (MSW).
The Trump administration unveiled a plan on 4th October to boost U.S. biofuels consumption starting next year to help struggling farmers, a move that cheered the agriculture industry but triggered a backlash from Big Oil, reported Reuters.
USA – Trump’s administration granting small refinery exemptions hurts the ethanol industry [Registered]
As the US President Donald Trump faces with mounting anger in the farm belt over policies that allow oil refineries to use less corn-based ethanol, dismal economics that has plagued the US ethanol industry for the past year-and-a-half is beginning to have a significant impact with some plants being shut down or cut back severely on production.
UK – Shell, British Airways and Velocys to build waste-to-biofuels plant pending planning permission [Registered]
Shell, British Airways and Velocys (subsidiary Altalto Immingham) have applied for planning permission for waste-to-biofuels plant from local authorities in North East Lincolnshire. The feedstock will be non-recyclable domestic or commercial waste that would otherwise end up in landfills or incinerators.