Tag: sugar

Sugar prices hit “ethanol parity” floor

Sugar prices hit “ethanol parity” floor

May 9, 2017 |

In New York, sugar futures have reached what is considered the thin line where Brazilian sugar mills switch to ethanol production when sugar production is no longer as lucrative, known as “ethanol parity.” Prices recently fell to a one-year low, touching the parity line, but prices are expected to begin rebounding enough to keep the […]

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Chemistry, not biology: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to C5 and C6 sugars

Chemistry, not biology: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to C5 and C6 sugars

April 10, 2017 |

Four axioms start this presentation by David Dodds, on C5 and C6 sugar opportunities, at a breezy pace: If you are making a molecule from another molecule, you are a chemist, doing chemistry. Synthetic biology is merely chemistry conducted by other means. “Bio” does not change the molecule. Think outside the fermentation tank. You don’t always need help from […]

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Fitch Ratings sees Brazilian mills continuing to focus on sugar despite ethanol demand

Fitch Ratings sees Brazilian mills continuing to focus on sugar despite ethanol demand

February 2, 2017 |

In Brazil, high sugar prices are expected to offset the potentially negative impact on profitability coming from higher taxes on ethanol in the Brazilian sugar and ethanol (S&E) Industry, according to Fitch Ratings. World sugar prices are expected to remain high in 2017 due to positive industry fundamentals relative to increasing demand and declining production […]

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Philippine cane farmers may have new friend in Cavite Biofuel Producers

Philippine cane farmers may have new friend in Cavite Biofuel Producers

January 30, 2017 |

In the Philippines, Cavite Biofuel Producers is establishing an ethanol plant in Magallanes where small farmers can sell their cane directly. Small-scale farmers owning less than 5 ha represent more than half of the cane farmers in the country and are looking to markets other than sugar, such as ethanol, to boost revenues so they […]

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Indian sugar industry wants higher prices while minister calls for balance with ethanol

Indian sugar industry wants higher prices while minister calls for balance with ethanol

December 20, 2016 |

In India, while the national sugar industry is calling for high sugar prices to ensure economic viability at mills, the transportation minister who has been a long-time supporter of the transition to biofuels is instead calling for a balance that would include increased ethanol production rather than putting all of the pressure on sugar prices […]

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ePure teams with sugar and corn to oppose EU plans to phase out convention biofuels

ePure teams with sugar and corn to oppose EU plans to phase out convention biofuels

November 21, 2016 |

In Belgium, ePure has teamed with the European sugarbeet growers association CIBE, the European sugar refiners association CEFS and the European corn growers association CEPM to express their concern about the EU strategy for low-emission mobility, which states that the European Commission is considering a gradual phase out of conventional biofuels produced from crops such […]

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Who’s got the hot sugars? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to lignocellulosic sugars and their producers

Who’s got the hot sugars? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to lignocellulosic sugars and their producers

November 13, 2016 |

Lignocellulosic sugars and lignin have become necessary intermediates for advancing research towards economically producing biofuels and bioproducts. Recently, the US Department of Energy issued a Request for Information: Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities. The result is this compendium of suppliers who are willing and able to produce and sell cellulosic sugar and/or lignin for […]

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Sri Lanka to tax ethanol and sugar imports to subsidize cane farmers

Sri Lanka to tax ethanol and sugar imports to subsidize cane farmers

November 10, 2016 |

In Sri Lanka, as part of the 2017 budget proposed in parliament, the government has laid out a 5% import levy on ethanol that, in conjunction with a 2% levy on sugar imports, would create a fund to support farmers to grow sugarcane, shielding them from price fluctuations and crop losses. To support the farmers […]

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Dutch researchers use sugar alcohols to store solar and wind energy

Dutch researchers use sugar alcohols to store solar and wind energy

October 27, 2016 |

In the Netherlands, saving up excess solar and wind energy for times when the sun is down or the air is still requires a storage device. Batteries get the most attention as a promising solution although pumped hydroelectric storage is currently used most often. Now researchers from the Eindhoven University of Technology reporting in ACS’ […]

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Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices hit seven-month high as mills focus on sugar

Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices hit seven-month high as mills focus on sugar

October 18, 2016 |

In Brazil, hydrous ethanol prices hit a seven-month high last Thursday at $691/cu m ex-mill Ribeirao Preto as a result of tighter supplies for ethanol. High sugar prices have led sugar mills to focus more heavily on sugar production this season at the expense of ethanol production. As a result, ethanol production is expected to […]

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