January 19, 2010

Sugar electricity in Brazil

General Electric and Brazilian petrochemical company Petrobras announced sugarcane-based ethanol is now, for the first time, being used in a gas turbine system to produce electricity at the Juiz de Fora Power Plant in Minas Gerais state.

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Speaking of Brazilian energy and electricity, ICIS Chemical Business published last week its energy issue and an article by global editor Joseph Chang talked about the US and Brazil aiming to boost production of natural gas and sugarcane, respectively, to meet their energy needs.

The US is likely has around 100 years of natural gas reserves, according to the America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) while UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane association, projects that Brazil will boost its sugarcane ethanol production from 27.5bn liters in the 2008/09 harvest year to 46.9bn liters by 2015/16.

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