Lanxess Completes “Sugar Cane” Power Plant In Brazil.
Specialty chemicals group Lanxess has completed a cogeneration plant to produce steam and power from biobased sources at its iron oxide facility in Porto Feliz, Sao Paulo state, Brazil. The plant runs on sugarcane bagasse.
Ethanol produced from the sugar in sugarcane, is also very popular in Brazil as an alternative fuel for vehicles. Most “petrol stations” here stock it alongside the other common fuels. Being cheaper than petrol and diesel, it is of course popular. However it does not perform as well as the more traditional options. Roughly lasting 75% of the distance that diesel would get you.
Brazil Backs $4-Billion Peruvian Hydropower Project
A Brazilian-backed proposal to build a 2,000-megawatt hydroelectric plant in the Peruvian Amazon has gained momentum in recent weeks as the government of the Andean nation has thrown its weight behind the effort.
Let’s hope that this project is handled as carefully as it should be. The Amazon Basin is a unique resource, and it has endured enough damage through man’s actions. I am assured that projects in this region are now strictly planned and maintained to preserve the environment of the Amazon. This may be true for the majority of the Basin, which is in Brazil, however I sincerely hope that Peru will take a similar attitude when embarking on this project.
Brazil is the world’s tenth largest energy consumer with much of its energy coming from renewable sources, particularly hydroelectricity and ethanol; non-renewable energy is mainly produced from oil and natural gas. A global power in agriculture and natural resources, Brazil experienced tremendous economic growth over the past three decades. It is expected to become a major oil producer and exporter, having recently made huge oil discoveries.
More news coming soon, on these (soon to be operational) Oil fields.
- Sugarcane Plastics on High Demand in Brazil (sugarcaneblog.com)
- Range Fuels Produces Cellulosic Methanol From First Commercial Cellulosic Biofuels Plant (prnewswire.com)
- Can Brazil live up to its promise as a ‘natural knowledge economy’? (guardian.co.uk)
- BlueFire Ethanol Fuels Rebrands as BlueFire Renewables, Inc. (prnewswire.com)
- A Worried View of the Amazon From Within its Forest (dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Gevo to Acquire Agri-Energy Ethanol Production Facility to Produce Isobutanol (eon.businesswire.com)
- Brazil vows to continue clean energy push at summit (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Petrobras to use Cane Ethanol at Thermoelectric Plant (sugarcaneblog.com)