International Sugar Journal

India – US$1.2 billion lined up for investment in expanding ethanol production [Full subscriber]

On the back of the government initiative to drive biofuels production in the country, sugar mills have lined up fresh investment to the tune of INR 60 billion (US$840 million) to upgrade for producing ethanol from sugarcane, according to local press reports.

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Brazil – Millers bet on ethanol, investing in capacity expansion [Registered]

Brazilian sugar companies are increasing their capacity to produce ethanol in the face of depressed global sugar prices and government policies expected to boost demand for the biofuel, reported Reuters.

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India – UP government 5 biogas and an ethanol project [Full subscriber]

The Uttar Pradesh government recently approved six bioenergy investment proposals worth almost INR17 billion (US$231 mln), according to local press reports. 

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India -150 proposals from sugar mills submitted to govt to build ethanol plants [Full subscriber]

The government has so far received around 150 proposals from sugar mills seeking soft loan under the newly legislated national biofuels policy encouraging expansion and setting up of a new ethanol capacity, a senior Food Ministry official said, according to local press reports.

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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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Environmental sustainability of EU’s biofuel regulation questioned in a doctoral thesis [Registered]

The EU biofuel regulation does not guarantee a reduced climate impact – nor does it address the key issue of substantially reducing transport emissions, according to David Harnesk’s doctoral thesis at Lund University in Sweden.

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Brazil – With industry debt of over US$31 billion, millers bet on ethanol [Full subscriber]

Following the credit crunch in 2008, the sugar-ethanol sector in Brazil continues to be heavily indebted, according to local press reports.

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Enerkem and Sinobioway Group partner to build over 100 new biofuel plants in China [Registered]

Sinobioway Group has signed an agreement to invest CA$125m (US$100.27m) in Enerkem, a Canada-based producer of biofuels and renewable chemicals from waste.

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India – Sugar millers set to double fuel ethanol output [Registered]

The production of fuel ethanol is set to double in 2017/18, driven as much by the increase in sugar production that will make available additional molasses, the feedstock, reported Reuters.

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Researchers engineer metabolic pathways of several bacteria to produce drop-in fuel [Registered]

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have developed a novel way to produce biofuel by stitching together the best bits of several different bacteria.

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