International Sugar Journal

Water management in the sugar factory: balances and quality in different streams* [Full subscriber]

Abstract In the sugar production process, water requirements should be adjusted in order to reduce energy consumption and costs. In a typical mass balance of the process, around 24 m3 of water per tonne of crushed cane is needed. With the implementation of a successful water management plan, a maximum of 5% of the required water needs to be added from an external source. This paper presents several cases of Colombian sugar mills that have implemented strategies to save water without affecting the normal process. Strategies have included issues such as adoption of water and condensate process accounting, the analysis…

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