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Innovation

The necessary energy for the production of pigments in Porto Feliz – electricity and steam - is generated by an ultra-modern, innovative co-generation plant fired by recycling material from sugar production, inaugurated in March 2010.

The principle here is simple: Crushed, straw-like sugar cane fibers known as bagasse are burned, and the resulting heat is used to vaporize water. Normally, the steam thus produced would be directly used for heating purposes. However, the steam in the co-generation plant is created under high pressure, so it can be utilized before it’s used for heating purposes – to power a turbine that produces electricity. Such plants achieve an efficiency rating of up to 90 percent, which means they convert nine-tenths of the energy stored in a fuel into a harnessable form. Conventional electrical power plants achieve only around 50 percent efficiency.

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