Brazil is the largest sugarcane producer on the planet, being home to 40 percent of the world’s crops. And in Brazilian plants, the same feedstocks used to make sugar and ethanol — fueling almost one-half of the country’s entire fleet of automobiles and motorcycles — also supply enough electricity to power 12 million homes.
This energy is deemed as being renewable — as it is made using sugarcane bagasse — and clean, owing to its low-pollution production process using gas scrubbers. Every ton of sugarcane used to make sugar and ethanol generates an average of 250 kilograms of bagasse and 200 kilograms of straw. Rich in fiber, these byproducts are burned to generate electricity.