India’s government is setting its sights on increased ethanol use in a big way, and the U.S. Grains Council is seeking to double the U.S.’s ethanol exports. Read on for these stories and more in our weekly news roundup!


India invests nearly $75 million in cellulosic ethanol plant

The Indian government plans to invest $74.8 million in a cellulosic ethanol plant using crop residues as feedstock. The facility will be located at the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC)’s oil refinery in Panipat, where the government is also investing heavily to upgrade production capacity and achieve higher standards.


This news comes on the heels of the Indian government’s decision to move towards a 22.5% ethanol blending mandate, which is up from the 10% ethanol blend target currently in place. Get in-depth analysis of this development, and the larger trend of India’s increased investment in ethanol, at Biofuels Digest.


Engineers turn brewery wastewater into battery power

Engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder have developed a bio-manufacturing process that uses a biological organism cultivated in brewery wastewater to create the carbon-based materials needed to make energy storage cells.


This unique pairing of breweries and batteries could set up a win-win opportunity by reducing expensive wastewater treatment costs for beer makers while providing manufacturers with a more cost-effective means of creating renewable, naturally-derived fuel cell technologies.


By cultivating their feedstock in wastewater, the researchers were able to better dictate the fungus’s chemical and physical processes from the start. That enabled them to create one of the most efficient naturally-derived lithium-ion battery electrodes known to date while cleaning the wastewater in the process.


Learn more about the innovation at the CU Boulder website.


US grain industry seeking to double ethanol exports

The U.S. grain industry is aiming to double exports of ethanol, volumes that could boost demand for corn and aid the nation’s farm economy.


According to the Financial Times, The U.S. Grains Council, a non-profit export group, is preparing plans to promote American-made fuel ethanol in countries including Mexico, Japan and India.


The U.S., the leading bioenergy producer, is on track to export 891 million gallons of ethanol this year, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. “Two billion gallons is a short-term goal,” said Tom Sleight, president of the U.S. Grains Council. “We know it’s not going to happen overnight”.


Get more on this story at the Financial Times.

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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.