International Sugar Journal

USA – Brazil top destination for ethanol exports last November [Registered]

US ethanol exports totalled 107.2 million gallons (487 mln litres) in November, up 14% from October shipments, according to government data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

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India – Sugar millers set to double fuel ethanol output [Registered]

The production of fuel ethanol is set to double in 2017/18, driven as much by the increase in sugar production that will make available additional molasses, the feedstock, reported Reuters.

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Brazil – President Temer approves new biofuels policy [Registered]

Brazilian President Michel Temer has approved legislation creating RenovaBio, a new national biofuels policy. The law was published in the official federal gazette of Brazil on Dec. 26. The Brazilian Senate approved the bill on Dec. 12.

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New insights into glycosylation key to improving the performance of cellulases [Registered]

Researchers from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have gained new insights into how glycosylation–the natural attachment of sugars to proteins–affects a key cellulase enzyme. This work could be used to improve enzyme performance in the production of cellulosic biofuels.

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Zymomonas mobilis successfully engineered to produce drop-in fuels [Registered]

US researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have successfully modified Zymomonas mobilis to produce a useful intermediate from sugar fermentation, which can then be upgraded into valuable biobased fuels and chemicals.

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United Ethanol to install Whitefox’s energy-efficient membrane system at its plant

The UK firm Whitefox Technologies secured a deal recently with the US biofuel producer United Ethanol (UE) to install its proprietary energy efficient membrane technology at UE’s plant in Wisconsin.

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Solvent that is much less toxic than ionic liquid for cellulosic biofuels production [Registered]

Researchers at the Kanazawa University, Japan have developed a novel carboxylate-type liquid zwitterion as a solvent of biomass, which could dissolve cellulose with very low toxicity to microorganisms (with fragile and very vulnerable cell membranes) that play essential roles in the fermentation necessary for producing ethanol.

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Researchers engineer metabolic pathways of several bacteria to produce drop-in fuel [Registered]

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have developed a novel way to produce biofuel by stitching together the best bits of several different bacteria.

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USA – DowDuPont closes its cellulosic ethanol plant in Iowa [Registered]

DowDuPont has shut down its 30-million gallon (136.4 million litres) cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa.

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China – State company to  build 600,000-tonne ethanol plant in Heilongjiang [Registered]

China’s State Development & Investment Corporation (SDIC) signed a framework agreement to build a 600,000-tonne ethanol plant in northeastern Heilongjiang province, state media said on 7th November, according to Reuters.

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