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.
Switching to producing high-grade alcohol for sanitizer production has given a lifeline to ethanol producers hit hard with falling demand for fuel ethanol during the Covid-19 pandemic, reported Reuters.
The Brazilian government allowed a non-tariff quota for ethanol imports to expire on 31st August.
Brazil – Ethanol sales recovery stalled by stations not passing on gasoline price rise increases [Full subscriber]
Stations in large cities have avoided raising gasoline prices to maintain sales, despite rising refinery costs. Since April, the wholesale cost increased by 59%, while prices at the pump fell 4% in the state of São Paulo, according to data from Petrobras and the National Petroleum Agency (ANP), reported Bloomberg.
India – OMCs reduce ethanol offtake amidst coronavirus lockdown as gasoline demand plunges [Full subscriber]
With the demand for transportation fuel down by over 50% amidst the coronavirus lockdown, producers are facing difficulties in supplying ethanol to the oil marketing companies (OMC) who blend it in fuel, according to local press reports.
Some ethanol producers worldwide said demand is up for their products due to customers stockpiling hand sanitizer – which can be made using the industrial ethanol – as the coronavirus outbreak worsens, reports Reuters.
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.
A technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and scaled up by Vertimass LLC to convert ethanol into fuels suitable for aviation, shipping and other heavy-duty applications can be price-competitive with conventional fuels while retaining the sustainability benefits of biobased ethanol, according to a new analysis.
India’s commerce ministry has turned down a request by the US to reduce the import duty on denatured ethanol entering the country, according to two senior government officials.
The Brazilian government has renewed and increased the size of its tariff-free quota for ethanol imports from 600 million litres to 750 million litres, but the new allotment will last only one year instead of the two years allocated to the former quota that expired on 31st August, according to the country’s official gazette, reported Reuters.