Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Brazil Opens World's First Ethanol-Fired Power Plant

clipped from planetark.org
Brazil on Tuesday opened the world's first ethanol-fueled power plant
an alternative feedstock to fossil fuels
Petrobras with the help of GE upgraded the 87-megawatt power plant to switch between running on natural gas or ethanol instantaneously
switching the plant to ethanol reduced carbon dioxide emissions without lowering energy output.
GE has around 770 turbines
many in Japan, that could be converted to run on ethanol,
Brazil is expected to produce a record 27.8 billion liters of ethanol in the 2009/2010 season. It began its biofuels program 30 years ago
Brazil's ethanol production comes from sugar cane milled by companies such as Cosan or commodities giants including Cargill Inc
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