September 4, 2013

Biofuel News Roundup

Too many biofuel news!! It's driving me nuts. Thank goodness I don't focus on this industry as much or I won't get any work done on my consulting gig for Tecnon OrbiChem. Still, the technologies and feedstock between biofuels and biobased chemicals are always intertwined so the blog always needs to pay attention to this market.

Here are compiled news announcements for the month of August:

ETHANOL:
  • Praj Industries claimed to be the first company in South Asia to set up an integrated 2nd Generation (2G) Cellulosic ethanol plant. The 2G Cellulosic ethanol demo plant will use a variety of biomasss such as corn stover, cobs and bagasse with a capacity of 100 dry tonnes of biomass per day. The demo plant will enable Praj to consolidate its 6 years of R&D efforts, starting with laboratory trials to pilot scale trials. The same plant will also enable Praj to develop various biochemicals and bioproducts. 
  • CropEnergies AG, Mannheim, acquires the UK bioethanol producer Ensus Limited, based in Yarm, England. The company operates one of the largest production plants for bioethanol in Europe, in the northeast of England with an annual capacity of 400,000 cubic metres of bioethanol and 350,000 tonnes of dried protein animal feed (DDGS).
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