Waste and Biomass Valorization

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 1–16 | Cite as

Energy Recovery from Sugarcane-Trash in the Light of 2nd Generation Biofuels. Part 1: Current Situation and Environmental Aspects

  • W. Alonso Pippo
  • C. A. Luengo
  • L. Alonsoamador Morales Alberteris
  • P. Garzone
  • G. Cornacchia
Original Paper


The importance of Sugarcane-Trash energy use, also called Sugarcane Agricultural Residues (SCAR) or Barbojo was analyzed in the light of 2nd generation Biofuels. The current challenges and opportunities of SCAR energy use were treated. An analysis focused on current Brazilian situation and experiences around the world, was carried out. The most probable routes for 2nd generation Bioethanol production suitability: Biomass to Liquid and Bio-enzymatic were compared in Brazil. The Brazilian Sugarcane Agro-Industry particularities and its influence on SCAR energy use were analyzed. The most probable use of SCAR, in a short and mid term, is as boiler feedstock. The key environmental aspects related to SCAR use were analyzed. The SCAR decomposition process and its influence into the CO2 emission reduction were explained. The weed control effect of SCAR left in the field was examined.


Sugarcane-trash Bioethanol Waste Energy Environment 



Back Pressure Steam Turbine


Biomass to liquid


Condensing extraction steam turbine


Clean development mechanism


Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development


National company of supply


Brazilian National Council on Environment


Center-south region


Sugarcane Cooperative Technological Center


Dry basis


Energy Research Center of the Netherland


Brazilian enterprise for agricultural research


Foundation for research support of the state of São Paulo


Green house gases


High heating value


Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


Low heating value


Thermal mega-watt


North-northeast region


Brazilian semi-public multinational energy company (Petróleo Brasileiro S.A.)


United Nations Program for Development


National Program to promote the development of alternatives energy supplies


Sugarcane agricultural residues (also called sugarcane-trash or barbojo)


Simultaneous fermentation and saccharification


Sao Paulo State, Brazil


Ton of oil equivalent


Wet basis


World Health Organization


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Alonso Pippo
    • 1
  • C. A. Luengo
    • 1
  • L. Alonsoamador Morales Alberteris
    • 2
  • P. Garzone
    • 3
  • G. Cornacchia
    • 3
  1. 1.Grupo Combustiveis Alternativos DFA/IFGW/UNICAMPCampinasBrazil
  2. 2.Energy ConsultantLouisvilleUSA
  3. 3.ENEA Trisaia Research Centre. Prot-STPRotondellaItaly

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