Cosan launches new 90 Mly ethanol, power project in Brazil

September 30, 2010 |

In Brazil, Cosan announced the inauguration of their newest ethanol, sugar and electricity facility in Caarapó.  Listed as part of the Shell/Cosan joint venture Biofuels reported on August 26th, the facility will process 2.5 million tons of sugarcane to produce 90 Mly of ethanol (23 Mgy), 185,000 tons of sugar and cogenerate 76 MWh/yr of electricity from sugar bagasse.  This is Cosan’s first plant in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul.  ”

The plant uses high technology, which better integrates the production system and the environment. In Caarapó we have also prioritized the hiring of local labor, contributing to improved income generation in the region”, says Cosan president Marcos Marinho Lutz.  Cosan’s website states that the plant utilizes three 700 meter wells and cooling towers to reduce water consumption as well as “exclusive software that makes production even more dynamic, avoiding waste and facilitating the decision-making process along the activities the are being carried out. In addition, waste from ethanol production is managed to be returned to the agricultural area as fertilizer, as in the use of vinasse (also known as filter cake), a by-product of the distillation of ethanol.”

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