6 de jan de 2013

The Big Bagasse Biofuels Boom

Deployment of next-gen bagasse-to-biofuels technologies could expand ethanol production in Brazil, India by 35 percent without land, water intensification.

After several years of technology and partnership development — advanced biofuels are coming to Brazil in a big way, and India may not be far behind. The reason? Opportunities with bagasse, the leftover from crushed cane stalk after sugar is extracted at biorefineries. The goal? Closing the gap between ethanol targets and current production — given the bull market in sugar prices and a desire by producers to maximize sugar production.

The potential expansion of capacity?

Guidance being given by the projects is that capacities could increase by up to 35 percent at existing mills, by adding on units to process bagasse. In Brazil, that would add up to 2.5 billion gallons (9.45 billion liters) in production capacity – more than enough to close the 1 billion liter ethanol gap that exists in Brazil of late, and open up substantial ethanol export opportunities in Brazil.

In India, additional production would likely contribute towards Indian renewable fuels targets, where industry has struggled to develop sufficient capacity given sugar demand, limits on use of food-based feedstocks, and policy uncertainty.

5 Trends

1. Technologies maturing
2. Partnership
3. Brazil now, India later
4. Multi-feedstock
5. Co-location

Mais informações/fonte: BiofuelsDigest

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