BY JOSEPH CHANG FROM SAO PAOLO
First time at the UNICA (Brazilian sugarcane association) press tour, and it’s a whirlwind I tell ya! In over 12 years of reporting, I’ve never had such a packed schedule. From the moment we landed, we went straight to a press conference.
Check out some video clips from the Pedra Agroindustrial sugarcane processing and ethanol facility in Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo state in Brazil.
The plant tour – hot, humid and noisy. But you really get to see the nuts and bolts of the operation, and the ethanol end product. Bottoms up!
Plus we went into the field and saw how the sugarcane is harvested – 12-foot tall plants sucked into a tractor-like machine and spit out into the truck.
My first self-made videos here – folks be kind!
UNICA sees Brazilian ethanol production almost doubling by the 2015/2016 harvest year to 46.9m tonnes/year, mainly to fuel the domestic market. But it also aims for higher exports driven by climate change legislation in the EU.
Plus, bioplastics from sugarcane is on the horizon. Pedra Agroindustrial plans to build the world’s first sugarcane-based bioplastics facility with a capacity of between 35,000-40,000 tonnes/year by 2012.
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More photos and updates to come.
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