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|Type:||Artigo de periódico|
|Title:||Environmental and economic assessment of sugarcane first generation biorefineries in Brazil|
|Abstract:||The majority of current sugarcane mills in Brazil are annexed plants, producing both ethanol and sugar; the other plants are dedicated only to ethanol production (autonomous distilleries). This study focuses on the technical, environmental, and economic impacts of these first generation sugarcane processing facilities in Brazil using an innovative framework, the so called Virtual Sugarcane Biorefinery. Results showed that optimization technologies presents potential for reducing environmental impacts and improve economic results in comparison to base scenarios for both annexed and autonomous plants. It was also observed that annexed plants that diverted more sugarcane juice for sugar production were more profitable, considering the average prices for the past 10 years in Brazil. In addition, results indicate that scenarios considering more flexibility in annexed plant are more profitable than the conventional annexed one (diverting 50% of the sugarcane juice to sugar and 50% to ethanol production) if increases in prices were to occur. This study shows quantitatively the benefits of optimization techniques and allows understanding the real benefits of the sugarcane plant flexibility in the Brazilian context.|
Life cycle assessment
Economic assessment of bioethanol production
|Appears in Collections:||Unicamp - Artigos e Outros Documentos|
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