International Sugar Journal

UK – British Sugar plans to build a pilot plant to produce animal feed from Spirulina [Full subscriber]

British Sugar has lodged a planning application to build a pilot plant at its Wissington sugar factory site in West Norfolk to elicit the viability of producing algae-based animal feed ingredients.

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Finland – Stora Enso pilots sludge-to-biofuels production [Full subscriber]

Sludge is a byproduct of processes carried out in industry and agriculture. It is very wet, so disposing of it is difficult. A pilot project at Stora Enso Oyj’s Heinola Mill in Finland addresses this challenge by profitizing the waste stream using novel technology.

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Finland – Stora Enso invests €10 million in a pilot plant producing lignin-based materials for energy storage [Registered]

Stora Enso is investing €10 million to build a pilot facility for producing lignin-based materials that form a crucial component in batteries typically used in consumer electronics, the automotive industry and large-scale energy storage systems.

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Braskem and Haldor Topsoe commissions pilot plant for MEG from sugar [Full subscriber]

Braskem and Haldor Topsoe recently announced commissioning a pioneering demonstration unit for the development of monoethylene glycol (MEG) from sugar.

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Thailand – Total Corbion commences production of PLA at a pilot plant [Full subscriber]

Total Corbion PLA, a global technology leader in poly lactic acid (PLA) and lactide monomers recently announced that it has successfully started up its 1,000-tonne-per-year PLA pilot plant in Rayong, Thailand.

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Annellotech successfully demonstrates its biomass-to-aromatics technology at its pilot plant [Registered]

The biotech start-up Anellotech recently announced that its and IFPEN/Axens engineers have successfully completed a continuous performance test of the TCat-8 pilot plant as part of unit commissioning in Silsbee, Texas, USA.

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Australia – Queensland Premier inaugurates pilot biodiesel plant processing waste [Registered]

The Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk inaugurated a pilot biodiesel plant in Gladstone on 1st June that will process a variety of feedstocks deemed to be waste products.

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ArcelorMittal and LanzaTech partner to produce ethanol from carbon monoxide [Registered]

Approximately 50% of the carbon used in the chemistry of steelmaking leaves the process as carbon monoxide. Today, this waste gas stream is either flared or used to heat and power the steel mill. In either case, the carbon monoxide is combusted and the resulting CO2 is emitted. LanzaTech’s proprietary technology recycles the waste gases and ferments them with a bioengineered microbe to produce bioethanol.

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Finland invests in a new plant to pilot biobased products [Registered]

This facility is claimed to be the largest bioeconomy research unit in Nordic countries. It will serve the needs of process and product development operations of companies and projects implemented by VTT and its research partners.

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Global Bioenergies enjoys first milestone in bio-methacrylic acid production [Registered]

Global Bioenergies industrial pilot commenced operations in November 2014 on the agro-industrial site of Pomacle-Bazancourt. ARD, a subsidiary of the sugar refiner, Cristal Union, is in charge of the pilot’s operation, and now carries out on a weekly basis, fermentation trials mimicking exploitation at full-scale.

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