In 2011, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) – a global initiative to mobilize action from all sectors of society. Included in the initiative’s goal is to double the global use of renewable energy and ensure universal energy access by 2030.
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Spring and summer months mean rising ambient temperatures and humidity levels, which have a negative impact on the efficiency of cooling towers and ethanol plants in general. To operate smoothly in higher temperatures, proper planning and process adjustments are necessary.
In December 2014, Novozymes launched our first ever enzymatic process using a liquid lipase – Eversa® Transform – for the production of biodiesel. Extensive research and development has shown that the enzymatic process enables biodiesel producers to be flexible when choosing feedstock, as low quality oils, or waste oils, with high free fatty acids (FFA) can now be processed. These waste oils are typically cooking oils generated by commercial canteens, factories and fast-food restaurants, and other lower grade oils.
In the ongoing debate about biofuels, it sometimes seems that confusion is the only certainty. There is a widespread lack of public understanding about everything from terminology to technology, and this can negatively impact public opinion, which is crucial to the future of this industry.
A major new report posits that if done right, bioenergy can provide major benefits for people, the economy, and the environment.
When it comes to sources of bioenergy, ethanol producers in Latin America are realizing that corn is just as sweet as sugarcane. Flex-plants are playing a big role in this development.
The market for corn ethanol in Latin America is growing rapidly and could exceed one billion liters in 2015. Argentina, for example, already produces more ethanol from corn than sugarcane, and half of the ethanol production in Paraguay comes from corn. Along with Brazil, they comprise the most important markets for corn ethanol in Latin America.