Sugar Sector Has Opportunities in Energy Generation

With the new law on biofuels in Honduras plans are to invest in technology in order to make better use of bagasse and triple the annual capacity for power generation.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The sugar sector currently generates 140 MW of energy a year, of which it sells 100 MW to the national electric power company at seven cents per kilowatt, and the rest is used for internal consumption by the enterprises themselves.

"With the new law on biofuels there will be a boost in investments in technology in order to make bagasse generation more efficient and to use other types of fuel or biomass boilers in the out of harvest seasons, which would make it possible to triple current generation, namely to 325 megs a year."

"The industrial Manager of Compañía Azucarera Tres Valles (CATV) in the municipality of San Juan de Flores, Francisco Morazán, Orlando Ortiz, said that cane is one of the most attractive commodities for producing ethanol and energy. This mill alone produced 12.3 megs, of these 4.5 are consumed in the company, 4 megs are sold to the ENEE, and the rest is distributed in irrigation drips in the field."

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