What do ethanol production and production capacity have in common? Well, both seem to be on the rise the world over as technological advances and blend targets keep the industry moving forward — just take a look at the headlines in our weekly news roundup!

Despite 2016 setbacks, EU ethanol production rebounds

The ramp-up in ethanol production by the UK’s Ensus and Vivergo plants, which has driven the country back to net imports in wheat, will lead a bounce in European Union output of the biofuel to a record high.

However, in terms of feedstocks, it is corn and sugar beet — rather than wheat, which is more usually associated with the UK plants — which will see demand raised by the return to increasing ethanol output.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture bureau in Europe pegged the EU’s output of ethanol this year at 6.29B liters, a rise of 209M liters year on year, and a record high.

The increase will more than reverse a drop last year, the first production decline in at least nine years, which the bureau attributed to “financial problems within the sector,” with 2016 notably marked by the fallout from the collapse of Spanish-based Abengoa late in 2015.

Read more at Agrimoney.com.

US ethanol production capacity continues to increase

Fuel ethanol production capacity in the United States reached 15.5 billion gallons per year, or 1.01 million barrels per day (b/d), at the beginning of 2017, according to EIA’s most recent U.S. Fuel Ethanol Plant Production Capacity report.

Total capacity of operable ethanol plants increased by about 4% — or by more than 600 million gallons per year — between January 2016 and January 2017.

Most of the 198 ethanol plants in the United States, representing most of the U.S. fuel ethanol production capacity, are located in the Midwest region. Of the top 13 fuel ethanol-producing states, 12 are located in the Midwest. The top three states — Iowa, Nebraska, and Illinois — contain more than half of the nation’s total ethanol production capacity.

Learn more at the Energy Information Administration.

Service providers partner to build ethanol plants in India

L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering in Mumbai is partnering with the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) Mumbai to build second-generation ethanol plants across India.

ICT will provide its multi-feedstock technology — suitable for rice stalk, corn cobs, wood chips, wheat straw, sugar cane trash and more — and LTHE will provide engineering and construction services. As per the agreement, ICT will partner with LTHE for the first five plants, and consider LTHE the preferred partner for any subsequent plants.

India is producing about 3% ethanol blends with molasses. The government is pushing for second-generation feedstocks to meet the 20% blend target the country has in place, according to LTHE.

Get more on this story at Ethanol Producer Magazine.

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Geoff Hayward

Communications Advisor at Novozymes
Geoff writes about Bioenergy for the Communications team at Novozymes. When he isn’t advocating for an industry that’s changing the world for the better, he can be found on a North Carolina bike path or playing slide guitar.