Biofuels production in China remains limited

07 November 2013 16:17  [Source: ICIS news]

MUNICH, Germany (ICIS)--Biofuel production in China remains limited, Shi Zhong Li, assistant researcher at Tsinghua University, Beijing, said on Thursday.

“Demand for biofuels in China is not good,” said Shi Zhong Li on the sidelines of the FO Licht World Ethanol & Biofuels conference in Munich.

Currently, China has mandated a 10% ethanol blend in their gasoline in nine provinces across the country.

Supply in China is limited as only five companies are authorised by the government to produce biofuel. However, their plants have faced several hiccups in operations, according to Shi Zhong Li.

The country is using sweet sorghum as an alternative feedstock to sugarcane because of the shorter harvesting time, higher sucrose and fructose content and the fact that sugarcane is not permitted to be used in biofuel production.

However, extraction of sweet sorghum is energy intensive. In addition, lower fermentation productivity; poor mass and heat transfer and long storage of sugar-containing feedstock were the downslide, Shi Zhong Li said.

By: Hazel Kumari
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