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Brazilian sugar cane mills to implement Blue Sugars ethanol technology

29 June 2012

US-based cellulosic ethanol producer Blue Sugars will supply its ethanol technology to three sugar cane mills in Brazil by 2015.

"Since August 2010, Blue Sugars and Brazilian energy company Petrobras have been studying the technology as a method to convert bagasse, or crushed cane stalk, into fuel."

Peter Gross, Blue Sugars CEO, told Bloomberg that five ethanol producers from Brazil have visited Blue Sugars' demonstration plant in Upton, Wyoming, in 2012 to assess and study the technology of the company.

''Producing cellulosic ethanol from crop residues is cheaper at Brazilian sugar-cane mills than anywhere else in the world because raw material is readily available,'' Gross said.

Since August 2010, Blue Sugars and Brazilian energy company Petrobras have been studying the technology as a method to convert bagasse, or crushed cane stalk, into fuel.

"Bagasse is available in large quantities, it's of consistent quality, and you don't need to transport it. We're very much commercially focused on Brazil," Gross added.

Petrobras will introduce Blue Sugars' technology at one of its mills, which has the capacity to process 120,000 metric tons of bagasse into 37.9 million litres of fuel each year.

The Petrobras plant and the other two facilities are expected to go on stream in 2015.