International Sugar Journal

Global Bioenergies produces biobased ETBE [Registered]

The biotech start-up Global Bioenergies recently announced the production of biobased ETBE. Claiming this be “a historic first”, the company says the breakthrough heralds a new opportunity for increasing the proportion of biofuels in gasoline

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Glycoside hydrolases show promise for producing cellulosic biofuels [Registered]

A multi-institutional team of researchers led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have shown that an enzyme, from the bacterial glycoside hydrolase family 12, plays an unexpectedly important role in breaking down a hard-to-degrade crystalline form of cellulose.

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DuPont awarded grant for high-efficiency biogas enzyme production [Registered]

US-based DuPont Industrial Biosciences has secured a grant from the European Commission (EC) to demonstrate high-efficiency enzyme production that would increase biogas yields.

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Uganda – President Museveni proposes 10% fuel ethanol mandate [Registered]

President Museveni has directed the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Ms Amelia Kyambadde to bring to Parliament, within six months, fuel ethanol mandate of 10%.

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US – Six biorenewables projects secure funding of US$12.9 million from DOE [Registered]

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of six projects for up to US$12.9 million in federal funding, entitled, ‘Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower’.

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Clostridium thermocellum utilizes both CO2 and cellulose in the production of biofuels [Registered]

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) made the surprise discovery that a metabolic pathway to take up CO2 exists and functions in a microorganism capable of breaking down and fermenting cellulosic biomass to produce biofuels including hydrogen and hydrocarbons.

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Nitrogenase effective in converting carbon dioxide into biofuels [Registered]

University of California, Irvine molecular biologists have discovered an effective way to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) to carbon monoxide (CO) that can be adapted for commercial applications like biofuel synthesis.

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Novozymes launches an enzyme to control foam during cane ethanol production [Registered]

The global biotech company Novozymes recently launched the Fermax enzyme protease that prevents foam development during sugarcane ethanol fermentation.
For an average size plant, trialling partners also experienced a cost reduction of up to 20% when using Fermax, as compared with use of chemicals, Novozymes reports.

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European Commission’s post 2020 biofuel targets threatens rural jobs [Registered]

The European Commission came under heavy criticism after proposing to phase-out conventional biofuels by 2030.
The European Commission presented its draft proposal to review the Renewable Energy Directive for the post-2020 period as part of a Clean Energy Package presented on 30 November.

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USA – Consumers willing to pay more for cellulosic biofuels [Registered]

Researchers at Washington State University have elicited following a survey that consumers in US are willing to pay a premium of approximately 11% for cellulosic biofuels over conventional fuel.

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