Issues associated with using trash as a cogeneration fuel

Kent, Geoff A. (2014) Issues associated with using trash as a cogeneration fuel. Sugar Tech, 16(3), pp. 227-234.

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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: 88827
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1007/s12355-013-0272-3
ISSN: 0972-1525
Deposited On: 22 Oct 2015 23:54
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2015 23:54

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