Mozambican sugar company Companhia do Sena plans to invest in a power plant fueled by sugar cane biomass (bagasse), according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.
Companhia do Sena, which produces sugar and its derivatives at its facility in the Marromeu district of Sofala province, plans to sell the power generated at the plant to national electricity company Electricidade de Moçambique, EdM.
The project is expected to cost 2 million euros and Companhia de Sena has started preparing an initial plan that included negotiation with EdM for large-scale power production.
Sugarcane biomass, a significant waste product from sugar production, could be a renewable energy source for electricity production, according to research published in the international journal Progress in Industrial Ecology.
Engineer Vikram Seebaluck of the University of Mauritius and energy technology Dipeeka Seeruttun of the Royal Institute of Technology, in Stockholm, Sweden, have demonstrated that an optimal blend of sugarcane agricultural residues, 30%, mixed with 70% sugarcane bagasse (the fibrous residue left after sugar production) can be used to generate electricity at a cost of just 0.06 US dollars per kilowatt hour. That figure is on a par with the costs of other renewable energies, including wind power at $0.05/kWh.