Petrobras to Begin Pilot of Cellulosic Ethanol from Bagasse by May
17 March 2007
Petrobras plans to install a pilot plant to test the production of cellulosic ethanol from sugarcane bagasse by as early as May in Rio de Janeiro, the company’s national headquarters.
Sugarcane is composed of roughly one-third sugar, one-third bagasse or the remaining sugarcane fiber after cane stalks are crushed, and one-third leaf cover. If Brazil could turn the leaves and bagasse into biofuel, the country could theoretically double its ethanol output.
Petrobras says that it should have an industrial-scale pilot plant up and running in Rio de Janeiro sometime in 2008 in order to test the technology.
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