Characterization of Brazilian sugarcane bagasse and sugarcane straw based on European methodologies to evaluate the potential for energy conversion

Abstract:

Sugarcane (Saccharum spp.), one of the most important crops in the world, is used forethanol and sugar production at Brazilian sugarcane biorefineries. The residues, sugarcane bagasse (SCB) and sugarcane straw (SCS), known as Lignocellulosic Biomass (LCB) are usually used as fuel for Combined Heat and Power (CHP) in the First-Generation biorefineries. In order select an alternative use for LCB, several factors must be taken into account, including chemical and physical characteristics, due totheir influence over the performance of the conversion technology chosen. The Institute of Research and Technology (IPT) has characterized biomasses following methodologies from European Norms (EN) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). The European Union, leader in renewable energy technologies, has developed special standards for solid biofuel in order to provide information that establishes quality concepts, for the reliability of results against consumers and producers of solid biofuels, for the exportation market and other advantages. Therefore, sugarcane bagasse and sugarcane straw were characterized following the European Norms in a joint project between IPT and KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology). Additionally, both sugarcane residues were converted to organic liquids through liquefaction and fast pyrolysis and the conversion results are also presented.


Reference:
MOREIRA, Renata; NEVES, R.C.; SCHMITT, C.C.; BREUNING, M.; TAMBANI, Pâmela Coelho; USHIMA, Ademar Hakuo; FUNKE, A.; RAFELT, K. Characterization of Brazilian sugarcane bagasse and sugarcane straw based on European methodologies to evaluate the potential for energy conversion. In: EUROPEAN BIOMASS CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION, 25., 2017, Stockholm, Sweden. Proceedings… 6 p.

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