International Sugar Journal

Improvements to bagasse combustion* [Full subscriber]

Abstract Bagasse combustion allows sugarcane factories to be energy self-sufficient and generate additional revenue from electricity export.  While bagasse fuel is essentially free for sugarcane factories, the amount of available bagasse depends on the cane-fibre content, and the amount of bagasse required depends on the efficiency of the factory boiler station.  Low cane-fibre contents and/or low boiler-station efficiencies will reduce income from electricity export and, in some cases, make it necessary for factories to use auxiliary fuel to maintain throughput (loss of energy self-sufficiency).  Factories often have little control over the cane-fibre content, but there are often opportunities for improving…

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