International Sugar Journal

India – Soft loans of US$622 million extended to grain-based distilleries to drive ethanol production expansion [Full subscriber]

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.

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Regulating bacteria’s metabolism could pave way for increased biofuel production [Full subscriber]

Researchers at University of California Riverside (UCR) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have used mathematical and computational modelling, artificial intelligence algorithms and experiments showing that bacteria have failsafe mechanisms preventing them from producing too many metabolic intermediates.

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Australia – Biofuel demands falls as motorists shun the fuel [Full subscriber]

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.

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USA – 2020 ethanol production expected to decline by 13% [Full subscriber]

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.

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USA – DOE funds 7 R&D biofuel projects that will help drive energy efficiency [Registered]

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.

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USA- 2021 biofuel blending mandate put on hold indefinitely [Full subscriber]

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.

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USA – Lawmakers propose Covid-19 relief package for biofuel producers [Full subscriber]

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.

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France – The bioethanol market is collapsing amidst coronavirus lockdown [Full subscriber]

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.

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Ethanol identified as the cleanest of biofuels [Full subscriber]

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.

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UK government funds 4 waste-to-fuel plants [Full subscriber]

The UK’s Department for Transport recently announced funding for four new biofuel plants in its drive towards net-zero emissions.

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