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Coverage of ethanol production since May 1, 2021.

EPA approves year-round sales of higher ethanol blend in 8 Midwest states

"...The biofuels industry and politicians of both parties have portrayed ethanol as a product that helps farmers, reduces prices at the pump and lessens greenhouse gas releases because the fuel burns more cleanly than straight gasoline. However, environmentalists and others have said increased ethanol production can increase carbon releases because it results in more corn production, leading to increased use of fertilizer and greater releases of nitrate. Synthetic and natural fertilizers also are a leading source of water pollution..."


Methanex earnings beat expectations, share falls four per cent

"...Methanex has stakes in methanol production in the U. S. , New Zealand, Trinidad, Chile, Egypt and Canada..."


Methanol as fuel: An accessible early step toward clean shipping

"...Methanol as a fuel todayMethanol chemical formula CH3OH remains a liquid at ambient temperatures and pressures. It's an established fuel already, with established regulations for its use. It can be used as a combustion fuel in most modern gasoline engines with nothing but a few software tweaks to the fuel injection, and maybe some replacement seals and fuel lines..."


Methane converted into methanol at room temperature just add light

"...Scientists have developed an efficient new way to convert methane into methanol at room temperature. The technique could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide a cleaner way to make key products. While carbon dioxide gets most of the attention, its not the only greenhouse gas changing the Earths climate..."


Ontario provides $2.5M to Kawartha Ethanol in Havelock to expand production for hand sanitizer

"...“Kawartha Ethanol is appreciative of this critical support from the Government of Ontario that will enhance our efforts to address the challenges of the pandemic while expanding with new products in new markets and creating and retaining jobs in the region,” stated Drain. “As one of the largest private employers in Peterborough County, the Drain Bros. family of companies, including Kawartha Ethanol will continue to contribute to a strong Made in Ontario economy in future, thanks in part to this funding support..."


Hydrogen as a future energy source in Western Canada BOE Report

"...During the past year, Fluor Canada and GoobieTulk Inc. (GTI) have performed an in-depth review of hydrogen as a future energy source in Western Canada. The business case success criteria for using hydrogen as a future energy source was centered around five key attributes..."


Coca Cola launches a bottle made from 100% plant-based plastic

"...We are seeing some promising advances in the world of plant-based plastics, and not just from research groups at the cutting edge of materials science, but from traditional purveyors of petroleum-based plastics like Lego and Pepsi. Coca Cola's latest moves in the area bring its first ever bottle made from 100 percent plant-based plastic to the table, produced with technology it says is ready to be scaled up. The newly unveiled plant-based bottle arrives more than a decade after the company first introduced its so-called PlantBottle, consisting of recyclable PET plastic made from up to 30 percent plant-based material..."


Crystal catalyst converts methane into methanol at room temperature

"...Scientists have found a way to convert methane into methanol at room temperature. Using a common crystal as a catalyst, the technique could eventually reduce methane escaping into the atmosphere by turning it into a useful liquid fuel instead. As a greenhouse gas, methane is 34 times more potent than carbon dioxide, and levels in the atmosphere are rising fast..."


International team of scientists turns methane into methanol at room temperature

"...If natural gas, of which methane is the primary component, could be converted economically into methanol, the resulting liquid fuel would be much more easily stored and transported than natural gas and pure hydrogen. That also would greatly reduce the emissions of methane from natural gas processing plants and pipelines. Today, escaped methane, a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide, nearly negates the environmental advantages of natural gas over oil and coal..."


Engineered yeast could expand biofuels' reach

"...Currently, around 40 percent of the U. S. corn harvest goes into ethanol..."


Corn ethanol reduces carbon footprint, greenhouse gases

"...A study conducted by researchers at the U. S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory reveals that the use of corn ethanol is reducing the carbon footprint and diminishing greenhouse gases..."


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A Review on Role of Nanomaterials in Bioconversion of Sustainable Fuel Bioethanol

"...Moreover, fossil fuels pose serious threats like global warming, ocean acidification, unusual climate change and ecosystem fluctuation to the environment and human health..."


Biomethanol production from renewable resources: a sustainable approach

"...The abundant availability of various kinds of biomass and their use as feedstock for the production of gaseous and liquid biofuels has been considered a viable, eco-friendly, and sustainable mode of energy generation..."


Water-energy-land-food nexus for bioethanol development in Nigeria

"...As the Nigerian government has been promoting sugar and bioethanol production from sugarcane in a bid to achieve food and energy security, this study aims to evaluate the water-energy-land-food nexus for the development of bioethanol in Nigeria..."


Production of Bioethanol from Mixed Lignocellulosic Biomass: Future Prospects and Challenges

"...So, cheaper and more sustainable biofuel production, especially bioethanol, which can be used as a substitute, forest materials, energy crops, agricultural residues, and municipal solid waste are used as raw materials for bioethanol production..."


Biomass Quality Responses to Selection for Increased Biomass Yield in Perennial Energy Grasses

"...Perennial grasses are candidates for biomass cropping systems that are focused on providing a wide range of ecosystem services in addition to sustainable bioenergy production..."


Energy cycle assessment of bioethanol production from sugarcane bagasse by life cycle approach using the fermentation conversio

"...Moreover, by replacing fossil fuels with clean energies, more energy efficiency and less environmental consequences can be achieved because fossil fuels cause air pollution leading to acid rain, eutrophication, damage to forests, and harm to wildlife..."


Recent advances in methanol production from methanotrophs

"...There are conventional chemical routes for methanol production such as, steam reforming of natural gas to form syngas, followed by catalytic conversion into methanol; direct catalytic oxidation of methane, or hydrogenation of carbon dioxide..."


System dynamics-based assessment of novel transport options adoption in India

"...The adoption of novel transport options such as ethanol blended fuel (E85) vehicles, electric vehicles (EV), and compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles to replace conventional petrol (gasoline) and diesel vehicles is not yet well understood..."


Cellulase-immobilized chitosan-coated magnetic nanoparticles for saccharification of lignocellulosic biomass

"...This review aims to bridge the gap between sustainable utilization and economic viability of employing replenishable agro-residues for cellulosic ethanol production by incorporating the recently emerging nanocomposite immobilization approach..."


A mathematical modelling framework for quantifying production of biofuel from waste banana

"...This paper presents a mathematical modelling framework for the estimation of bioethanol production potential from waste/rotten banana..."


A critical review on prospects and challenges in production of biomethanol from lignocellulose biomass

"...Employing various thermochemical and biochemical process, biomethanol can be produced from waste biomass like agrowastes, forest litter, and urban organic wastes, after a judicious pretreatment to ensure higher yield..."


Machine learning and comparative genomics approaches for the discovery of xylose transporters in yeast

"...Second-generation (2G) ethanol arises as one biofuel with great potential, due to not only maintaining food security, but also as a product from economically interesting crops such as energy-cane..."