International Sugar Journal

US scientists advance solar thermo-chemical green hydrogen production [Registered]

Perovskite materials may hold the key to green hydrogen production. Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) analysed an emerging water-splitting technology called solar thermochemical hydrogen (STCH) production. This could be a more energy-efficient way of producing hydrogen than the commonly used electrolysis method.

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EU agrees to support green hydrogen sector with subsidies to boost output [Full subscriber]

The European Commission (EC) and 20 manufacturers have signed a Joint Declaration to ensure that enough electrolysers will be made in Europe to meet the EU’s goal of producing 10 million tonnes of green hydrogen by 2030.

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COWI and Swedish Biofuels partner to build 3 SAF plants [Full subscriber]

Danish engineering consultancy COWI A/S and Swedish Biofuels AB, inventor of the original Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) technology, intend to build three plants to produce and supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to the Swedish market.

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Brazil – Raízen and Geo Energética partner to build new US$60 million biogas plant [Full subscriber]

Raízen and Geo Energética are partnering to construct the second biogas plant.

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USA – M&A activity in 2021 involved twelve plants with over 5 billion litres of combined plant capacity [Full subscriber]

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the US ethanol sector rebounded strongly in 2021, nearly doubling the deals in 2020, according to Ocean Park, a leading boutique investment bank focused on renewable fuels, energy, food, and AgTech and agribusiness sectors.

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Europe – Russia’s invasion is accelerating expansion in green hydrogen production [Full subscriber]

Europe’s push to pivot away from Russian natural gas and decarbonise following the invasion of Ukraine is sparking billions of dollars in new commitments toward building a market for low-carbon green hydrogen.

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China targets production of 200,000 tonnes green hydrogen by 2025 [Full subscriber]

China’s top economic planner on 23rd March announced a target to produce up to 200,000 tonnes per year of green hydrogen by 2025 avoiding up to two million tonnes of CO₂ each year, reported Reuters.

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France – Soaring gasoline prices boost demand for conversion kits to power cars with cheaper ethanol [Full subscriber]

Sales of kits that convert gasoline-powered cars to run on bioethanol are surging in France as drivers switch to using the sharply cheaper crop-based fuel amidst soaring oil prices.

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USA – EPA denies biofuel waivers to 36 small oil refiners [Full subscriber]

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has denied 36 petitions from small oil refiners seeking exemptions to the nation’s biofuel blending laws for the 2018 compliance year but will provide 31 of those refineries with another avenue to seek relief, the agency announced on 7th April.

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Brazil – Shell collaborates with Unicamp to produce biohythane from vinasse and filtercake [Full subscriber]

Shell is investing BRL6 million (US$1.24 million) over the next four years to advance the production of biohythane, a gaseous blend of biologically derived hydrogen and methane from by-products (vinasse and filtercake) of sugar processing and cane-based ethanol production. This includes installing a pilot plant.

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