Bioethanol: New Fuel Available From September
22 August 2013 - Défi Media Group
Will there finally be car ride with a mixture of gasoline and ethanol? If the intention was manifested over the past ten years, it seems that this time, it's good.
The sugar company Omnicane is about to put into operation the distillery to produce this biofuel that can be used, among other things, to power vehicles. Production is expected to begin next month, as confirmed Omnicane. "The construction of the bioethanol refinery is on track.
It continues in accordance with the established schedule. We expect to start production of ethanol in September, "it says it does. To mount this refinery is a production capacity of 24 million liters per year, it took inject Rs 1 billion. Forty jobs will be created. For proponents, it must be part of "the prospect of Mauritius Sustainable Island project."
Produced from bagasse, ethanol can be blended with gasoline to compose a fuel. It without having to make changes to the engine when the mixture is in small doses. However, a higher mix require some arrangements.
But Maurice did not invent the wheel. Already in 2002, the global ethanol production was 22 billion liters. World champion in this area is Brazil. Largest exporter of this product, it is also one that consumes the most. Over 80% of new cars are equipped with an engine 'flex-fuel' that can run either on the fuel alcohol from sugar cane as fuel.
If Maurice had already experimented with ethanol production Alcodis, it was unsuccessful for various reasons. The government had also tested for a short period of time the mixture of 10% ethanol and 90% gasoline on a dozen vehicles several years ago, but things stopped there. In 2011, there was talk of allowing a mixture of 5% ethanol and 95% gasoline.
Omnicane intends to revive the project, even if some of its ethanol production will also be exported. This distillery is part of a wider development plan for Omnicane.
"The bioethanol distilleries will complement the eco-industry Booth complex, including a modern and efficient candy, a cogeneration power plant producing electricity for the grid of the CEB and refinery producing refined sugar for the European market" says it does in Omnicane. It is also stated that "the operationalization of a distillery bioethanol from molasses at The Hut is part of the Multi Annual Adaptation Strategy 2006-2015. This plan was developed by the Mauritius Government and the European Union in the framework of the reform of the sugar industry. "