International Sugar Journal

Argentina – Lawmakers approve biofuel blend cuts [Full subscriber]

Argentina’s senate approved controversial biofuels legislation that would slash blending requirements for biodiesel and ethanol.

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Monetizing brewers spent grain into proteins and biofuels [Registered]

Brewer’s spent grain (BSG) is the most abundant (85%) by-product generated from the beer-brewing process. Currently, BSG is predominantly used as cattle feed or buried in landfills, leading to substantial resource losses. Researchers at the Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech) have developed a novel process to extract the protein (14 ~ 30%) and fibre (~70%) contents from BSG and use it to create new types of protein sources, biofuels and more.

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Decrypting the mechanism of a key photoenzyme opens up new avenue for biofuels and chemicals production [Full subscriber]

Although many organisms capture and respond to sunlight, enzymes – proteins that catalyze biochemical reactions – are rarely driven by light. Scientists have identified only three types of natural photoenzymes so far. The newest one, discovered in 2017, is fatty acid photodecarboxylase (FAP). Derived from microscopic algae, it uses blue light to catalyze the conversion of fatty acids, found in fats and oils, into alkanes and alkenes.

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USA – DOE to award US$61.4 million towards research on biofuel, bioenergy projects [Full subscriber]

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced on 8th April the availability of US$61.4 million to support the development and demonstration of a variety of bioenergy projects, including those related to marine and aviation fuels, cellulosic sugars, separations technologies, residential wood heating, and renewable natural gas (RNG).

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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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