CHINA BIOMASS INDUSTRY TO HIT RMB 500 BILLION
In 2020, China newly installed 5.43 million kilowatt of biomass capacity, an increase of 22.6%, taking the accumulated total to 29.52 million kilowatt. The country's full-year biomass generation saw a 19.4% positive growth to 132.6 billion kWh, according to Biomass Industry Branch of China Association for the Promotion of Industrial Development.
In Russia, a student at the National University of Science and Technology MISiS has made a bioplastic from gelatin and sawdust. Valeria Solovyova, who is pursuing a master's at NUST MISiS's Technologies and Materials for Digital Production program, created the material using wood waste, gelatin, glycerin, and water. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, she had to adapt the process to work in her home lab.Read more
In Russia, Mondi has commissioned a crude tall oil plant (CTO-plant) at its Syktyvkar pulp and paper mill. The new equipment allows processing of all sulphate soap generated as a by-product of the pulp production process in the mill. As a result of this investment, the mill will be able to produce up to around 40,000 metric tons of crude tall oil annually.Read more
In Russia, researchers of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) in collaboration with Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) completed an international joint project to create a resource and CO2-neutral energy closed-loop technology from microalgae Chlorella sorokiniana and duckweed Lemna minor.Read more
The introduction of up-to-date technologies to the economy of Tatarstan was discussed at a meeting of Tatneftekhiminvest-holding's Board of Directors chaired by President of the republic Rustam Minnikhanov on 28 November. Read in Realnoe Vremya's report from the Government House on plans for the introduction of new fuel additives and catalysts that use renewable feedstock, use of digital twins of enterprises of the oil and petrochemical complex and development of a circular economy in Tatarstan, which is aimed to minimise waste and environmental pollution.Read more
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law regulating the production and trade of fuel ethanol. The regulation had already been adopted by the State Duma on November 13, 2018 and approved by the Federation Council on November 23.Read more
The state Duma adopted the law aimed at creating favorable legal conditions for the production of bioethanol. The document introduces the concept of «bioethanol» and determines the procedure for licensing its production. Under the ethanol means denatured ethyl alcohol produced during the processing of vegetable raw materials and containing no more than 1% water. Such alcohol used for technical purposes, in particular as fuel.Read more