Nicaragua and Energy From Cane Bagasse

In the last 20 years sugar mills in Guatemala increased their energy generation from 160 MW to 700 MW, and currently their contribution is equivalent to 27% of the energy matrix.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The union for the sector estimates that over the last decades mills have invested around $820 million in the generation of electric power.

With these investments yields have improved, as according to figures from the Association of Independent Cogenerators of Guatemala (ACI) for " ... every ton of ground cane, the mills used to be able to generate 44 kilowatt hours (kWh), but with the research development they generate 91 kWh."

In relation to the importance of electricity generation from biomass, Rony Castillo, executive director at the ACI, explained to that " ... with the capacity that is currently available, during the harvest season they have a 27% share in the energy matrix."

The director of the ACI added that " ...'Guatemala is one of the few countries in which cogeneration with renewable energy has that weight in the energy matrix'."

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