Biofuels progress in South America shows many favourable signs. There is certainly no lack of opportunity or ambition for biofuels developers in South America, with Brazil in particular driving towards a 2030 vision where 80% of the country’s energy mix is made up of renewable supplies, double today’s figure. A prime example of such new and progressive technologies starting to move forward in the region came in August 2017 with the official opening of FS Bioenergia, the first corn ethanol project to be launched in Brazil, thanks to international collaboration between the Brazilian agribusiness, Fiagril, and the US-based Summit Agricultural Group, located in Iowa. “We believe corn-based ethanol represents the most attractive area to participate in the opportunity for biofuels growth in South America,” Summit’s Justin Kirchhoff told Biofuels international. “The new plant is already producing 60 million gallons of ethanol, alongside over 150,000 tonnes of dried distillers’ grains, both figures being calculated on an annual output basis. In addition, we are in the process of advancing our future production plans and expect to formally announce FS Bioenergia’s next stage of growth early in 2018.”
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