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

Citation:  2007 ASAE Annual Meeting  071076.(doi:10.13031/2013.22903)
Authors:   M L.C Ripoli, T.C C Ripoli, N A Villa Nova
Keywords:   Keywords: sugar cane; biomass; bagasse; crop residues; energy

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the sugar cane biomass energy potential (bagasse and crop residues) which could be used for energy co-generation in Brazil. Two different scenarios were used regarding the crop residues utilization. A minimum usage in addition to the bagasse results in 20,94 . 106 MWh production per season, and a second scenario with a maximum usage of the crop residue, also in addition to bagasse, results in 41,46 . 106 MWh production per season. From the estimated results of this study, it is clear that there is great potential for the country in the use of sugar cane biomass to produce energy. Specifically, in a time when fossil fuels, primarily oil, is approaching its end with elevated actual costs.

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