Researchers are finding new ways to increase the yield of cellulosic ethanol production—this time using genetically engineered bacteria and yeast. Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency is being asked by more than 40 senators to do more to encourage the production of biomass-based diesel. Keep reading for these headlines and more from this week in bioenergy news.
US scientists make strides in ethanol technology, development
Running hot: the effects of warm weather on the fermentation process
As politicians, government agencies and industry advocates continue to debate the strength of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) that will be in place for 2017, the transportation sector just overtook power plants as America’s biggest climate problem.
A new study finds that the introduction of E20 in Europe may be key to hitting EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets, while the U.S. Department of Energy’s Billion-Ton Report expands on its previous work to update its biomass resource assessment. This, plus a looming Chinese grain shortage, and it’s been a busy week for the biofuel industry. Read on for this week’s biggest biofuel stories!
India is on course to import more ethanol than ever before in 2017, with the U.S. and Brazil together filling more than 90% of the need. Meanwhile, producers are exploring the idea of shipping ethanol to the Asian ethanol market via the U.S. West Coast. Keep reading for these headlines and more from this week in ethanol news.