We are known in our industry as the largest producer of electricity from sugarcane biomass. We use high technology to generate bioelectricity, which uses sugarcane by-products (bagasse, straw and leaves), also called biomass, which is generated from the production of sugar and ethanol.
We have 13 thermoelectric power plants associated with our 26 production facilities with a total installed capacity of 1GW. This potential represents annual sales of electricity of approximately 3.9 TWh, enough power to supply a city of five million inhabitants.
This volume makes our production facilities energy self-sufficient and even allows for the surplus to be sold on the market, which generates additional revenue for the company.
All of this is a result of our reinvention of the sugarcane industry, using innovative technology to increase the efficiency of our processes, reduce costs and contribute effectively to the environment.
Renewable and intelligent energy
An ample supply of biomass – around 25 million tons per crop year – gives us confidence that we are on the right track, both in terms of profitability as well as regarding the environment.
Cogeneration makes use of the by products from sugar and ethanol production, and even reduces the CO2 emissions as these materials are no longer burnt in the field.
Besides these benefits, power generation from biomass is an important alternative for the energy sector in Brazil, as it supplements the nation's hydroelectric production. The period during which sugarcane is harvested and bioelectricity is produced is the same as when the water flow rate of the hydropower reservoirs is low.
This is a cleaner, renewable solution that will help Brazil meet future challenges in the energy sector, while ensuring profitability and sustainability.