The big news this week was in India, where government officials announced an ambitious expansion of the country’s bioenergy market. And in Brazil, Nissan used the global spotlight on Rio to unveil an ethanol-powered fuel-cell prototype. Catch up on these and other top stories you may have missed this week!
Forecasters are predicting big up-ticks in production and demand for ethanol in Colombia, as well as for the global biomass pellet market as a whole. Plus, researchers in the Yukon are putting ethanol to work directly to clean up water pollution caused by mining. All this and more ahead in our weekly news roundup!
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.
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.