International Sugar Journal

Juice extraction systems: Mills and diffusers—the Brazilian experience* [Full subscriber]

For cane juice extraction, two systems are used worldwide: milling tandem or diffuser. In Brazil, the preference has been for the mills solution. Data from the 2004/2005 milling season shows that, out of a total of 347 mills in operation, 341 use mills and 6 use diffusers, corresponding to 1.7% of the extraction systems. Since 2003, the sucro-energy industry in Brazil has grown considerably, from 320 million tonnes of processed cane to 620 million in 2010/11, and new Greenfield projects were implemented. In 2011, 455 mills had already decided on the extraction system, with 32 mills using diffusers built or…

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