International Sugar Journal

Sugarcane leaves and tops: their current use for energy and hurdles to be overcome, particularly in South Africa, for greater utilisation* [Full subscriber]

Abstract Sugarcane tops and leaves, which are becoming more available in the fields due to mechanical harvesting, could be an extra source for the sugarcane industry to produce more energy or alternative products in the form of electrical power using cogeneration, or as cellulosic ethanol. One ton of sugarcane, after harvesting, leaves a residue of around 140 kg of trash in the field. This amount of biomass has the same energy content of dry bagasse from the same ton of cane. However, the logistics of trash collection should be addressed before trash utilisation projects are developed. The experience in countries…

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