Tag: sweet sorghum

Researchers find sweet sorghum and sugarcane can cut biorefinery down time

Researchers find sweet sorghum and sugarcane can cut biorefinery down time

January 10, 2017 |

In Illinois, today many biofuel refineries operate for only seven months each year, turning freshly harvested crops into ethanol and biodiesel. When supplies run out, biorefineries shut down for the other five months. However, according to recent research, dual-purpose biofuel crops could produce both ethanol and biodiesel for nine months of the year–increasing profits by […]

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US and China team to invest $62.5 million in South African sweet sorghum project

US and China team to invest $62.5 million in South African sweet sorghum project

May 11, 2016 |

In South Africa, American and Chinese investors have announced a $62.5 million 15,000ha sweet sorghum project in Limpopo that would produce both ethanol and sugar. The ongoing drought has had negative impacts on the country’s gain sorghum production but the government is trying to soothe the nerves of investors saying the drought won’t last forever. […]

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Ceres, Raizen ink multi-year sweet sorghum ethanol deal

Ceres, Raizen ink multi-year sweet sorghum ethanol deal

March 16, 2015 |

In Brazil and California, Ceres and Raízen announced that they have signed a multi-year collaboration agreement to develop and produce sweet sorghum on an industrial scale. Sweet sorghum can be grown to complement existing feedstock supplies and extend the operating season of Brazilian sugarcane-to-ethanol mills. Under the collaboration, the companies will each contribute in-kind services […]

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Japan looking at sweet sorghum on abandonded fields for ethanol

Japan looking at sweet sorghum on abandonded fields for ethanol

January 7, 2014 |

In Japan, a research team from Ibaraki University is looking at the country’s abandoned farm fields as potential sites to grow sweet sorghum for domestic ethanol production. Currently the country imports ethanol to achieve its blending mandates and reduce its fossil fuel imports.

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UK researchers develop speedy methodology for selecting sweet sorghum

UK researchers develop speedy methodology for selecting sweet sorghum

December 24, 2013 |

In the UK, researchers led by the University of Newcastle have developed a holistic high-throughput methodology for assessing sweet Sorghum bicolor feedstocks at 10 days post-anthesis for total fermentable sugar yields including stalk biomass, soluble sugar concentrations, and cell wall saccharification efficiency. This methodology has been demonstrated as an efficient and effective way to screen […]

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Why have expectations for sweet sorghum soured?

Why have expectations for sweet sorghum soured?

November 25, 2013 |

As Ceres points towards minimal plantings of its sweet sorghum hybrids in its key market of Brazil for next year, investors ask two questions. Will sweet sorghum realize its vast potential, and when? Just when many observers hoped that Ceres would dramatically expand hectares planted with its Blade hybrid sweet sorghum, the 2014 planting outlook […]

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Ground prep under way for country’s first sweet sorghum ethanol plant

Ground prep under way for country’s first sweet sorghum ethanol plant

April 16, 2013 |

In Florida, ground preparation has begun for the 20 million gallon per year sweet sorghum to ethanol facility 15 miles from Clewiston in sugarcane country. The facility uses technology supplied by Uni-Systems do Brasil and will produce 25MW of electricity from the bagasse as well as supply 65,000 tons of CO2 to a co-located facility […]

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Ceres reports loss for Q2, headed for harvests

Ceres reports loss for Q2, headed for harvests

April 15, 2013 |

In California, Ceres is headed for harvesting of its sweet sorghum hybrids despite reporting net losses for Q2 of 2013. Revenue for the quarter came in at $1M, resulting in a net loss of $0.36 per share. The final yield data for their harvest will be available in July as the company harvests nearly 3000 […]

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Sweet Sorghum biofuel research at OSU seeks to offer economically viable options

Sweet Sorghum biofuel research at OSU seeks to offer economically viable options

January 1, 2013 |

In Oklahoma, Danielle Bellmer, an associate professor at Oklahoma State University, has received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, United Sorghum Checkoff Program, Oklahoma Bioenergy Center and the South Central Sun Grant Program to develop biofuels from sweet sorghum. Benefits of sweet sorghum include high-energy content, drought resistance and adaptation to multiple climates and […]

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Delta BioRenewables proves viable corn supplement in sweet sorghum

Delta BioRenewables proves viable corn supplement in sweet sorghum

December 31, 2012 |

In Tennessee, Delta BioRenewables delivered its first-ever commercial-sized batch of sweet sorghum juice to the Commonwealth Agri-Energy plant in Kentucky. Delta BioRenewables is looking to supplement corn with sorghum, which is drought tolerant and a good rotation crop. After the successful test batch, the company hopes to use sweet sorghum for approximately 5 percent of […]

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