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Hawaii Bagasse Pellets Project

  • Louis J. Goodman

Abstract

This case history was researched in 1979–1980 and published in 1981.* The original case covers two bagasse projects: the Hilo Coast Processing Company (HCPC) and the Davies Hamakua Sugar Company, two of the largest producers of bagasse-generated power on the island of Hawaii and in the state. This chapter focuses on the latter project, which established the feasibility of designing, constructing, and operating the world’s first bagasse pellet factory. The project was put into operation in 1981, generating approximately 15 MW of electricity, with 5 MW for internal use and 10 MW for the local utility. The section on evaluation covers both HCPC and Davies because of their joint concern for the future of the sugar industry in Hawaii.

Keywords

Sugar Industry Biomass Energy Biomass Conversion Sugar Mill Fiscal Year 
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© Van Nostrand Reinhold Company Inc. 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Louis J. Goodman
    • 1
  1. 1.UCLAUSA

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