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Bagasse: New life for an untapped power source

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Abstract

Sugar cane is an ideal form of untapped renewable energy. Each sugar factory by itself can generate biomass quantities far in excess of those attainable by any other industry in Queensland. For all 29 factories comprising the sugar industry in Queensland, the potential of the renewable energy resource for cogeneration is considerable. Bagasse has always been a major waste handling and disposal undertaking. The sugar industry possesses a substantial renewable energy resource that has not yet begun to be utilized to its fullest potential. This paper serves to quantify that energy potential and explore some of the cogeneration options that are technically feasible. A study is made of the Far North Queensland area as an example of the potential for cogeneration. It was concluded that power levels of approximately 25 to 60 MW per factory could be generated from the available crop resource. Although the technology for large scale conventional cogeneration is well known and proven and the risks are low, the economic factors that constitute a viable business enterprise are less certain. This important part of the cogeneration equation needs to be explored with more vigor and entrepreneurship than has been generated in the past if the potential of  More>>
Authors:
Dixon, T [1] 
  1. Sugar Research Institute, Mackay, QLD (Australia)
Publication Date:
Nov 01, 1996
Product Type:
Miscellaneous
Report Number:
CONF-9608166-
Reference Number:
SCA: 093000; 320304; PA: AU-96:0E0845; EDB-96:164122; SN: 96001693806
Resource Relation:
Conference: 3. renewable energy technologies and remote area power supplies conference, Cairns (Australia), 5-7 Aug 1996; Other Information: PBD: 1996; Related Information: Is Part Of 3rd renewable energy technologies and remote area power supplies conference; PB: [150] p.
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; QUEENSLAND; SUGAR INDUSTRY; WASTE HEAT UTILIZATION; BIOMASS CONVERSION PLANTS; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; SUGAR CANE; FEASIBILITY STUDIES; POWER RANGE 10-100 MW
OSTI ID:
394722
Research Organizations:
Electricity Supply Association of Australia Ltd., Sydney, NSW (Australia)
Country of Origin:
Australia
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: AU96E0845
Availability:
Also available on inter-library loan from Document Delivery Unit, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW Australia 2052. Fax +612 96627312
Submitting Site:
AU
Size:
pp. [12]
Announcement Date:
Jan 20, 2004

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Dixon, T. Bagasse: New life for an untapped power source. Australia: N. p., 1996. Web.
Dixon, T. Bagasse: New life for an untapped power source. Australia.
Dixon, T. 1996. "Bagasse: New life for an untapped power source." Australia.
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abstractNote = {Sugar cane is an ideal form of untapped renewable energy. Each sugar factory by itself can generate biomass quantities far in excess of those attainable by any other industry in Queensland. For all 29 factories comprising the sugar industry in Queensland, the potential of the renewable energy resource for cogeneration is considerable. Bagasse has always been a major waste handling and disposal undertaking. The sugar industry possesses a substantial renewable energy resource that has not yet begun to be utilized to its fullest potential. This paper serves to quantify that energy potential and explore some of the cogeneration options that are technically feasible. A study is made of the Far North Queensland area as an example of the potential for cogeneration. It was concluded that power levels of approximately 25 to 60 MW per factory could be generated from the available crop resource. Although the technology for large scale conventional cogeneration is well known and proven and the risks are low, the economic factors that constitute a viable business enterprise are less certain. This important part of the cogeneration equation needs to be explored with more vigor and entrepreneurship than has been generated in the past if the potential of cogeneration for Australian sugar factories is to be realized to its fullest. (author). 3 tabs., 4 figs.}
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