Biomass-based electric power production has reached 11,250 MW in Brazil, with 474 such plants currently in operation, according to the latest data from UNICA, the country’s sugarcane industry association.

Brazil’s Energy Research Company (EPE) is even more bullish, saying the technical potential for generating electricity from sugarcane could reach 14,000 MW by 2022.

According to Aneel, Brazil’s electricity regulator, 81 per cent of the country’s biomass-fired electricity production comes from sugarcane (9180 MW), with black liquor, a waste product from the pulp and paper industry, second with 1530 MW (13.6 per cent).

The rest of the installed biomass capacity is fueled by wood waste, biogas, elephant grass, palm kernel oil, charcoal and rice husk, reports Energias Renovables.

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