Tag: sugarcane

Pilot plant pushes forward economic research on sugarcane waste to biofuels

Pilot plant pushes forward economic research on sugarcane waste to biofuels

February 17, 2019 |

In Australia, QUT researchers and Mercurius Australia have commenced work on a pilot plant to prove the economic viability of turning sugarcane waste into either biojet and biodiesel fuel or biochemicals. Their patented REACH technology, developed by U.S. parent company Mercurius Biorefining, has the potential to convert sugarcane bagasse and other biomass into cost effective […]

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MEGA MEG – Braskem and Haldor Topsoe’s monoethylene glycol from sugar is in operation

MEGA MEG – Braskem and Haldor Topsoe’s monoethylene glycol from sugar is in operation

February 10, 2019 |

It’s a big day for MEG. No, not Meg Ryan, though we are excited about her engagement with John Mellencamp. We are talking about monoethylene glycol which just got bigger with a new demo unit in operation. Brazil-based Braskem and Denmark-based Haldor Topsoe just commissioned their pioneering demonstration unit, located in Denmark, for the development of […]

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Brazilian researchers see beef and sugarcane ethanol reducing pressure on forests

Brazilian researchers see beef and sugarcane ethanol reducing pressure on forests

February 5, 2019 |

In Brazil, SciDev reports that researchers have determined that coproduction of sugarcane and beef cattle on the same land can allow expansion of ethanol production without the risk of deforestation. Byproducts from the ethanol production such as molasses, yeast and bagasse could be converted into animal feed, reducing the need for pasture for some of […]

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Sugarcane milling in Center-South Brazil reaches 556M tons

Sugarcane milling in Center-South Brazil reaches 556M tons

December 22, 2018 |

In Brazil, UNICA reports that sugarcane milling in the Center-South totaled 12.6 million tons in the first half of December. In the accumulated harvest of 2018/2019 until December 16, processing reached 556.85 million tons, down 4.10% over the same period of the previous cycle (580.68 million tons). In the first half of December, sugar production […]

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Zimbabwean villagers sue Green Fuel for alleged landgrabbing

Zimbabwean villagers sue Green Fuel for alleged landgrabbing

December 13, 2018 |

In Zimbabwe, villagers are suing Green Fuel claiming that the company is illegally occupying community lands and interfering with their crop production activities. Currently 138 families claim historical use of the land for growing cotton and subsistence corn, saying the company has started to till their land to plant sugarcane. In response, the villagers are […]

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Biosev sells Giasa mill to M&N for nearly $19M

Biosev sells Giasa mill to M&N for nearly $19M

November 11, 2018 |

In Brazil, Biosev, a sugar and ethanol company owned by Louis Dreyfus Company, agreed to sell the Giasa mill to M&N Participações S/A, the parent company of the Olho D’Água Group, for R$ 70 million, or about $18.7 million, making it one of the largest in the Brazilian sugar and ethanol industry. Biosev sold the […]

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University of Illinois researchers complete sugarcane genome sequence

University of Illinois researchers complete sugarcane genome sequence

October 10, 2018 |

In Illinois, for centuries, sugarcane has supplied human societies with alcohol, biofuel, building and weaving materials, and the world’s most relied-upon source of sugar. Now, researchers have extracted a sweet scientific prize from sugarcane: its massive and complex genome sequence, which may lead to the development of hardier and more productive cultivars. Producing the comprehensive […]

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Sorghum genome sequence helps researchers with sugarcane genome

Sorghum genome sequence helps researchers with sugarcane genome

September 25, 2018 |

In France, researchers from the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development worked on sequencing and assembling fragments of sugarcane chromosomes into the first monoploid reference of the gene-rich part of the sugarcane genome. The project was part of a proposal by the DOE’s Joint BioEnergy Institute. “Their approach relied in part on having a […]

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Indian government raises sugarcane juice-based ethanol price 25% to promote production

Indian government raises sugarcane juice-based ethanol price 25% to promote production

September 12, 2018 |

In India, the government agreed to raise the price of ethanol produced from pure sugarcane juice by 25% in an effort to boost production and reduce sugar production amidst a global surplus, near 10-year lows for sugar prices and record sugar production domestically. Although the industry recognizes it could take two to three years of […]

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Amyris gets green light for zero-calorie sweetener made from sugarcane

Amyris gets green light for zero-calorie sweetener made from sugarcane

September 3, 2018 |

In California, Amyris, Inc. announced that its zero-calorie sweetener made from sugarcane has received designation as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) by an independent expert panel. This designation is based on FDA requirements and allows Amyris to begin commercially selling its new, natural, zero-calorie sweetener. Amyris plans to commercially launch its sweetener during the fourth […]

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