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Energetic potential of the sugar cane biomass in Brazil.

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  Paper number  031016,  2003 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.13705) @2003
Authors:   M. L. C. Ripoli, T. C. Ripoli, W. F. Molina Jr
Keywords:   sugar cane, biomass, energy

Brazil is a developing tropical country with abundant biomass resources. Sugar cane (Saccahrum spp.) is primarily produced to obtain sugar and alcohol. Presently sugar cane is burned before harvest. If the cane is not burned before harvest, the trash (tops and leaves) can be collected and burned to produce steam to generate electricity, or be converted into alcohol fuel and decrease the severe air pollution problems caused by sugar cane burning. This paper shows an equation for estimating the amount of people/year that could be served by this biomass if its energy was converted into electricity. From trash and bagasse, 9,8x106 and 5,5x106 people/year could be served respectively.

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