In Michigan, the Michigan Molecular Institute, Michigan Sugar Company and Micromidas have partnered in a 9-month, $150,000 SBIR research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to create ways to convert sugar beet waste, or raffinate waste, into commodity chemicals. “Sugar beets are processed into sugar through a multi-step procedure,” said MMI Research Scientist Dr. […]
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In North Dakota, Green Vision Group thinks there are 13 communities in the state that could host biorefineries based on sufficient supply of locally-produced industrial sugar beet. Within a 20-mile radius of each community, farmers could supply 30,000 acres worth of energy beet annually to produce ethanol and biochemicals.
In Canada, the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers Association has received a $600,000 grant from Agriculture Canada to do a study looking at whether ethanol production from sugarbeet makes sense for the province. In addition to biofuel, the study will also look at the commercial viability of bio-glycol production.
In Kentucky, Patriot Bioenergy delivered a letter of intent regarding the construction of its sugar beet facility, announcing that the energy facility will be constructed within the next two years. The project’s construction is contingent upon funding and approval from local government organizations. Patriot has been testing growing conditions for the last year on 20 […]
In Kenya, a $150m biofuel production plant will open in Bungoma and will produce ethanol from tropical sugar beet. The plant, funded by Webco, is expected to open for a trial run early next year. The fuel will eventually be sold to Kenol Kobil and the National Oil Cooperation for blending. Sugar beets are seen […]
In South Africa, the $258.5 million Sugar Beet RSA ethanol facility could be online by 2014 with annual production of 200 million liters. Initial stages will see sugarbeet and sorghum as feedstock for 90 million liters of production. The company has already proven its concept with a pilot plant and hopes to begin construction on […]
In Ukraine, the Ministry of Agriculture announced an allocation of 40 million tons of sugar beet for biofuels production. While the profitability of sugar beets as a feedstock has not yet been examined, experts say that within 5 years Ukraine’s production capacity has the potential to increase by 16 times.
In Colombia, construction is set to begin during the first quarter of 2012 on the country’s first sugarbeet ethanol production plant. The facility, which will be located in the region of Boyacá, is expected to produce 300,000 liters of ethanol per day and is intended for use in the domestic market. The company has done […]
In Ireland, the Irish Sugar Beet Bio-Refinery Group has published a study calling for the construction of a sugar beet and grain ethanol plant in the southeast of Ireland. The plant would cost an estimated €350 million to build. The plant would process sugar beets, grain and molasses, and produce 50 million liters of ethanol […]
In California, the Mendota Advanced Bioenergy Beet Cooperative are developing a $200 million project to produce ethanol, electricity and compressed natural gas from sugarbeet and orchard waste. The area used to supply sugarbeets to Spreckels Sugar but the plant shut down two years ago. They are seeking a state grant of $1.5 million to get […]