CT: What is bagasse? When sugarcane is squeezed for its juice, a fibrous pulp material is left over. This material is processed into a usable form called ‘bagasse’. For each 10 tonnes of sugarcane crushed, nearly 3
tonnes of wet bagasse is produced.
Bagasse is typically used to produce heat and electricity in sugar mills (this is known as cogeneration), but can also be used for a variety of other purposes such as to make paper, cattle feed and even disposable food containers.
S: https://www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au/dam/cec/technologies/bioenergy/fact-sheets/Bioenergy-Fact-Sheet-Using-Bagasse-for-Bioenergy.pdf (last access: 29 December 2015)
N: 1. From French bagasse, from Spanish bagazo, from baga (“berry”).
2. Benefits for energy from bagasse.
– Bagasse offers many unique benefits, such as:
- It helps sugar mills to meet 100% of their energy needs. This is important, as sugar milling is highly energy intensive. Furthermore, sugar milling seasons often coincide with peak demand loads, so sugar mills can benefit immensely from the opportunity to sell surplus electricity to the grid at peak power rates.
- The facilities needed to generate heat and electricity from bagasse are often located at or near the sugar mill. Generating heat and electricity at the point of energy demand removes the need for costly transportation of the bagasse; involves minimal transmission and distribution costs; and reduces network losses and augmentation.
- It plays an important role in helping Australia achieve its Renewable Energy Target. In the 2010 generation year alone, just over 500,000 Renewable Energy Certificates were created by energy generated from bagasse.
- Energy from bagasse generates less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fossil-fuel generation. In addition, if bagasse were left to rot, it would break down and release greenhouse.
- gases, particularly methane, which is 27 times more dangerous to the ozone than carbon dioxide.
3. Bagasse is a biofuel used in sugar and rhum plants.
S: 1. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bagasse (last access: 29 December 2015). 2. https://www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au/dam/cec/technologies/bioenergy/fact-sheets/Bioenergy-Fact-Sheet-Using-Bagasse-for-Bioenergy.pdf (last access: 29 December 2015). 3. TERMIUM PLUS (last access: 29 December 2015).
VO: begasse, begass.
S: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/begass (last access: 29 December 2015)