International Sugar Journal

The implementation of South African sugar technology: The world’s largest sugarcane diffusers † [Full subscriber]

Cane diffusion gained popularity in South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s using European technology. Local research and developments led to the development of locally designed diffusers and to the South African industry achieving the highest extraction rates in the world. The largest diffusers in the South African industry were installed at Felixton 2 in 1984, being 12 metres wide and rated (conservatively) at 350 t/h. The first real change to the fundamentals of diffuser design since then took place when Bosch Projects introduced the ‘chainless diffuser’ concept in 2006. Of the nine chainless diffusers to be installed in Brazil…

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