In an effort to speed up expansion in ethanol production by 10 billion litres, the government on 31st December approved interest subvention of INR45.73 billion (US$622 million) by extending the soft loan programme to include grain-based distilleries.
Australian motorists are continuing to shun biofuels against global trends. A report commissioned by APAC Biofuel Consultants found biofuel demand in Australia fell in 12 months.
The data on September 25 by the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) indicate a drop in ethanol production by 13% in 2020 fostered by the COVID-19 pandemic this past spring.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected seven projects for awards totalling US$1.94 million to conduct research and development to accelerate the adoption of performance-advantaged biofuel blendstocks. These fuels are derived from renewable feedstocks and can deliver exceptional efficiency with low emissions. The seven projects will leverage National Laboratory capabilities as part of the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has put on hold indefinitely a proposal for the amount of biofuels refiners must blend into their fuel next year, reported Reuters.
The US lawmakers on 12th May introduced the stimulus package known as the HEROES Act that would include aid to biofuel producers after the demand for the fuel plummeted because of the coronavirus pandemic, causing mass shutdowns in the industry.
Sales of fuel ethanol is plummeting in France as travel restrictions has resulted in gasoline consumption dropping by more than 75% according to a statement from the French bioethanol industry group SNPAA.
Researchers at the University of Central Florida have determined that ethanol is the best biofuel when it comes to producing the least amount of soot, a deadly by-product of combustion.
The UK’s Department for Transport recently announced funding for four new biofuel plants in its drive towards net-zero emissions.