Monday, December 21, 2009

brazil pioneers technology using ethanol to generate power

Petrobras, the public sector petroleum company of Brazil has developed this technology. It is starting in December 2009, commercialisation of this technology in a plant at Juiz de Fora in Minas Gerais state. Capacity of the plant is 45 MW. The turbines are made by GE.

Brazil is the first country to produce power from sugarcane ethanol. Brazil already leads the world in the use of ethanol as fuel for cars. Brazil is well prepared to straddle successfully both the worlds of fossil fuels ( having discovered enormous petroleum reserves) and the renewable sources of energy.

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