Study Planned of Brazilian Sugarcane Bagasse as Cellulosic Ethanol Feedstock
by Lisa Gibson, Biomass Magazine. Brazil could produce 4.6 billion to 8.2 billion liters (1.2 billion to 2.2 billion gallons) of biofuel from sugarcane residue by 2020, in addition to that made from sugar itself, according to a recently released Novozymes report. Development, however, will depend on the industry’s ability to attract investments and political support. … Novozymes and its partner, Brazil’s CTC (Sugarcane Technology Center), will study the cost-effectiveness of producing ethanol from sugarcane bagasse and evaluate its benefits, which will be crucial in gaining support from the (Brazilian) government. “Our target is to present this economic model no later than the middle of next year,” Fernandez said. “Second generation biofuel technology is a product. You have to have something to sell; to present. Is our sugarcane industry prepared to produce more ethanol?” he questioned. “Do we have the market to sell this bioethanol?” It’s a fantastic opportunity, he added, but Novozymes does not yet have a cost-effective technology to show it.
… U.S. and EU legislation favors biofuels made from residues instead of other feedstocks, according to Novozymes. In Brazil, the proportion of bioethanol used in transportation fuel is 50 percent, much higher than the U.S.’s 7 percent, China’s 2 percent or Europe’s 1 percent, according to Novozymes. In the past year, the European Union doubled its import of biofuel, with the majority of supplies coming from Brazil, the company said.
“At the end of the day, what we’re going to have is a cost-effective way to produce second-generation ethanol,” Fernandez said. READ MORE