International Sugar Journal

Isobutanol production speeded up via conversion of sugar by dehydratase [Full subscriber]

Researchers from the University of Queensland (UQ) and the Technical University of Munich have developed a process to convert cane sugar into a platform chemical for aviation fuel, plastics, rubbers and food additives.

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Hydrogen leaks a cause of serious concern for the expanding sector [Full subscriber]

As governments and energy companies line up big bets on green hydrogen production, researchers from elite institutions have highlighted the lack of data on leaks and the potential harm they could cause for the nascent industry, reported Reuters.

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Global biofuel demand to rise by 20% over the next 5 years, says IEA [Full subscriber]

Total global biofuel demand is forecast to expand by 35,000 million litres per year (MLPY) or 20% over 2022-2027, according to the latest report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

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Romania – Clariant’s new cellulosic ethanol plant struggles [Registered]

Clariant has recorded a CHF225 million (US$241 million) reduction in the value of the cellulosic ethanol plant in Podari, Romania, because it has “not yet achieved the targeted yields” to produce 50,000 tonnes ethanol per-year nameplate capacity.

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Novel catalytic process supports production of 100% SAF from lignin [Registered]

Researchers at three institutions—the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Washington State University—have successfully produced a drop-in 100% sustainable aviation fuel.

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Global Bioenergies expands into sugar beet-based jet fuel production [Registered]

The France-based biotech start-up Global Bioenergies is expanding into jet fuel production. With the aviation industry targeting net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, demand for sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) is expected to soar.

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Sound waves enhance green hydrogen production [Full subscriber]

Researchers from RMIT University and the University of Melbourne claim that high-frequency vibrations can release 14 times more hydrogen than standard electrolysis techniques, with a net-positive energy saving of 27.3%. Thereby showcasing the potential of the technology as a scalable platform for effectively enhancing the efficiency of green hydrogen production.

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Construction of more SAF plants called for by the Amex GBT CEO [Full subscriber]

Paul Abbott, CEO of American Express Global Business Travel, said at an event in Brussels recently that 300 sustainable aviation fuel plants would need to be built if the industry wanted to get to 10% sustainable fuel by 2030.

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USA – EPA increases biofuels mandates by some 2 billion gallons over the next three years [Full subscriber]

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled on December 1 a three-year proposal to expand the U.S. biofuels policy with more extensive volume mandates and – for the first time – include a pathway for electric vehicle manufacturers to generate lucrative credits.

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Indonesia – Pertamina, Keppel, Chevron partners to explore green hydrogen production using geothermal power [Full subscriber]

Indonesia’s state-owned energy firm Pertamina will explore the development of green hydrogen and ammonia projects in the country, along with Singapore-based Keppel Infrastructure and global oil major Chevron using renewable energy located primarily in Sumatra.

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