“Bagasse Across America” Road Trip

Drying bagasse in the sun

SERC graduate student research assistants Meg Harper and Joe Purdon sun-dry the fresh bagasse after unloading it from the rental truck. (Photo credit SERC).

This article was written by Joe Purdon.

As part of SERC’s ongoing gasification research, we are investigating the feasibility of gasifying bagasse on behalf of the Indonesian Sugar Group (see our Summer 2008 newsletter). After sugar and molasses have been extracted from sugarcane, bagasse is what remains of the cane. Sugar mills normally burn bagasse to generate electric or thermal energy. Gasification is potentially a cleaner and more efficient way of producing energy with this agricultural byproduct.

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