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Chemistry based on renewable raw materials: perspectives for a sugar cane-based biorefinery.

Villela Filho M, Araujo C, Bonfá A, Porto W - Enzyme Res (2011)

Bottom Line: Brazilian sugar cane is a competitive feedstock source that is opening the door to a wide range of bio-based products.This essay begins with the importance of the feedstock for the chemical industry and discusses developments in sugar cane processing that lead to low cost feedstocks.Thus, sugar cane enables a new chemical industry, as it delivers a competitive raw material and a source of energy.

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Affiliation: Department of Innovation Management Chemicals & Creavis, Evonik Degussa Brasil Ltda., Alameda Campinas 579, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

ABSTRACT
Carbohydrates are nowadays a very competitive feedstock for the chemical industry because their availability is compatible with world-scale chemical production and their price, based on the carbon content, is comparable to that of petrochemicals. At the same time, demand is rising for biobased products. Brazilian sugar cane is a competitive feedstock source that is opening the door to a wide range of bio-based products. This essay begins with the importance of the feedstock for the chemical industry and discusses developments in sugar cane processing that lead to low cost feedstocks. Thus, sugar cane enables a new chemical industry, as it delivers a competitive raw material and a source of energy. As a result, sugar mills are being transformed into sustainable biorefineries that fully exploit the potential of sugar cane.

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Flowchart of a modern usina.
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fig3: Flowchart of a modern usina.

Mentions: In the 1990s the Brazilian energy market was liberalized [22], opening a new outlet opportunity for sugar cane processors. The bagasse surplus present in the usina could be converted into bioelectricity in high-pressure boilers [8]. The energy could be sold to the grid. Besides, at the same time, the sugar sector in Brazil was deregulated. As a consequence, innovation turned to be the best way for usinas to increase profitability. Since then, the modern usinas produce sweeteners, biofuel and bioenergy. The simplified flowchart of a modern usina is shown in Figure 3.


Chemistry based on renewable raw materials: perspectives for a sugar cane-based biorefinery.

Villela Filho M, Araujo C, Bonfá A, Porto W - Enzyme Res (2011)

Flowchart of a modern usina.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig3: Flowchart of a modern usina.
Mentions: In the 1990s the Brazilian energy market was liberalized [22], opening a new outlet opportunity for sugar cane processors. The bagasse surplus present in the usina could be converted into bioelectricity in high-pressure boilers [8]. The energy could be sold to the grid. Besides, at the same time, the sugar sector in Brazil was deregulated. As a consequence, innovation turned to be the best way for usinas to increase profitability. Since then, the modern usinas produce sweeteners, biofuel and bioenergy. The simplified flowchart of a modern usina is shown in Figure 3.

Bottom Line: Brazilian sugar cane is a competitive feedstock source that is opening the door to a wide range of bio-based products.This essay begins with the importance of the feedstock for the chemical industry and discusses developments in sugar cane processing that lead to low cost feedstocks.Thus, sugar cane enables a new chemical industry, as it delivers a competitive raw material and a source of energy.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Innovation Management Chemicals & Creavis, Evonik Degussa Brasil Ltda., Alameda Campinas 579, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

ABSTRACT
Carbohydrates are nowadays a very competitive feedstock for the chemical industry because their availability is compatible with world-scale chemical production and their price, based on the carbon content, is comparable to that of petrochemicals. At the same time, demand is rising for biobased products. Brazilian sugar cane is a competitive feedstock source that is opening the door to a wide range of bio-based products. This essay begins with the importance of the feedstock for the chemical industry and discusses developments in sugar cane processing that lead to low cost feedstocks. Thus, sugar cane enables a new chemical industry, as it delivers a competitive raw material and a source of energy. As a result, sugar mills are being transformed into sustainable biorefineries that fully exploit the potential of sugar cane.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus