International Sugar Journal

Australia –  Biofuels market in steep decline according to report [Registered]

A major new report on the biofuels sector in the country paints a bleak picture for the industry, noting fuel-grade ethanol use at a six-year low and a collapse of […]

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India – Praj opens cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister – Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, inaugurated Praj Industries cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant near Pune, Maharashtra on 4th May.

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Brazil – Tariff on US ethanol imports backed by agriculture minister [Registered]

Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi has asked Brazil’s foreign trade council to impose tariffs on ethanol imports following a surge in shipments from the United States, an official said on 27th April, reported Reuters.

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Brazil considers mandates for fuel distributors to drive biofuels use [Registered]

The Brazilian government is evaluating setting biofuel mandates to fuel distributors with the aim of increasing consumption of renewable fuels and cutting carbon emissions, the country´s biofuels director Miguel de Oliveira said on 25th April, reported Reuters.

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Brazil – Unica seeking 16% tax on imported ethanol [Registered]

The Brazilian sugar industry group, Unica wants an introduction of an ethanol import tariff of 16%.

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USA – Butamax to establish bio-isobutanol plant in Kansas [Registered]

Butamax Advanced Biofuels has acquired natural gas supplier Nesika Energy and its and its state-of-the-art ethanol facility in the US state of Kansas for an undisclosed price.

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Scientists engineer oil producing cane [Registered]

A multi-institutional team led by the University of Illinois have proven sugarcane can be genetically engineered to produce oil in its leaves and stems for biodiesel production.

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Researchers identify catalytic ‘key’ for converting CO2 to methanol [Registered]

The hydrogenation of carbon dioxide is a key step in the industrial production of methanol. Catalysts made from copper and zinc oxide on alumina supports are often used. Chemists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and their collaborators recently released results from experiments and computational modelling studies that definitively identify the “active site” of a catalyst commonly used for making methanol from CO2.

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Thailand – Bangchak plans to invest US$28 mln in biofuels [Registered]

Bangchak Petroleum Plc plans to invest THB800 mln-1,000 mln (US$22.7 mln-28.4 mln) in biofuels this year, according to local press reports.

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Yeast cell factories produce drop-in fuels [Registered]

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden are using fatty acid synthase, or FAS, to produce sustainable alternatives to petrol and jet fuel.

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