International Sugar Journal

Researcher 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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USA – As the biofuels mandate bill for oil refiners soars, Trump’s advisor calls for change [Registered]

Oil refiners shelled out a record over US$2 billion to meet US biofuels requirements in 2016, a 70% increase that is fuelling a growing debate over who should shoulder the costs for meeting environmental regulations, reported Reuters.

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USA – California-based company produces ethanol from brewery and winery wastes [Registered]

California-based sustainable energy production company Greenbelt Resources has unveiled a new waste-to-energy interconnected system designed to produce half a million gallons of bioethanol from a variety of locally available feedstocks.

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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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