Hurricane Ida adversely impacted an estimated 118,000 acres (47,753 ha) of sugarcane crops in Louisiana, or about 26% of the crop in the state, according to a preliminary report released on 14th September by the Louisiana State University (LSU) and the industry group Sugar League.
USA – DOE awards US$64.7 million for biofuels research to decarbonize aviation and shipping sectors [Full subscriber]
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced on 9th September US$64.7 million in funding for projects focused on producing cost-effective, low-carbon biofuels.
The Philippines will not export sugar this crop year amid expected lower output, according to the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA).
Two large sugar refineries in Louisiana were shut down before Hurricane Ida hit the state, were still not operational on Tuesday as the companies assessed damages and waited for power lines to be restored.
In 2020, US ethanol exports totalled 1.3 billion gallons (5.91 billion litres), valued at US$2.3 billion. This volume was 9% lower than 2019 due to reduced demand for fuel and 20% below the record 1.7 billion gallons (7.73 billion litres) shipped in 2018. However, the year-over-year value fell only 1% due to higher prices for fuel ethanol and increased shipments of higher-value, medical-grade ethanol.
USA – Michigan Sugar investing US$69 million to modernize its desugarization plant at Bay City factory [Full subscriber]
Michigan Sugar Company announced on August 24 that they would be investing US$69 million to construct a molasses desugarization plant at the company’s Bay City factory.
The top ethanol producers United States and Brazil are expected to reduce output in the coming months because of the surging cost of corn and sugarcane, reported Reuters.
Crop productivity is potentially affected by several air pollutants, although these are usually studied in isolation. A new study by Stanford University researchers estimates that pollution reductions between 1999 and 2019 contributed to about 20% of the increase in corn and soyabeans yield gains during that period – an amount worth about US$5 billion per year.
USA – Louisiana likely to secure new US$70 million cane bagasse-based pellet plant [Full subscriber]
Renewable fuel firm Delta Biofuel is considering building a US$70 million cane bagasse-based pellet plant in Iberia Parish, Louisiana. The state is offering tax breaks and other perks to seal the deal.
USA – Cargill and Helm partner to build US$300 million commercial-scale biobased BDO plant [Full subscriber]
The agribusiness giant Cargill and chemicals marketer Helm have formed a new joint venture, Qore, to build a commercial-scale biobased 1,4-butanediol (BDO) plant that would save up to 93% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared with current production technologies.