Issues associated with using trash as a cogeneration fuel

Kent, Geoffrey Alan (2013) Issues associated with using trash as a cogeneration fuel. In Hogarth, D.M. (Ed.) Proceedings of the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Sociedade dos Tecnicos Acucareiros e Alcooleiros do Brasil & The XXVIIIth ISSCT Organising Committee, Sao Paulo, Brazil, pp. 1759-1770.

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Abstract

Considerable work has been undertaken to determine an economical process to provide sugarcane trash as a fuel for cogeneration. This paper reviews efforts to provide that trash fuel by harvesting, transporting and processing the trash with the cane.

Harvesting trash with the cane has the advantage that cane that would otherwise be lost by extracting it with the trash is captured and sugar can be produced from that cane. Transporting trash with the cane significantly reduces the bulk density of the cane, requiring substantial changes and costs to cane transport. Shredding the trash at the harvester and compacting the cane in the bin prior to transport are possible methods to increase the bulk density but both have considerable cost. Processing trash through the sugar factory with the cane significantly reduces sugar recovery and sugar quality. Although considerable knowledge has been gained of these effects and further analysis has provided insights into their causes, much more work is required before whole crop harvesting and transport is an economically viable means of trash recovery.

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ID Code: 77913
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Trash, Whole crop, Harvest, Transport, Process, Recovery
ISBN: 9780949678270
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > FOOD SCIENCES (090800) > Food Processing (090805)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 STAB & The XXVIIIth ISSCT Organising Committee
Deposited On: 21 Oct 2014 23:15
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2015 10:41

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