Sweet! Sugarcane is Australia's New Renewable Energy

For the first time in over 125 years sugar cane farmers, in one region of Australia will not burn their crop at harvest time. Instead they will ship the still green waste and cane residue to a new 30 megawatt plants, where it will be burnt to generate power. It what has been described as "one of the country's biggest renewable electricity projects" the co-generation plants will provide baseload power 24 hours a day.

The plants are a joint project between energy provider Delta Electricity and the 650 strong cane growers co-op. They are expected to provide half the power needs of the local community, upwards of 20,000 homes, when they go online with the next harvest in June 2008. The added benefit is that six month cane-burning season won't produce its usual 400,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases and associated air pollution. A classic win-win. Via ABC.(Sugar Cane is versatile stuff. We've seen it used for a as well for wide variety of applications , as well as paper and even plates and cups. In a previous post we also looked at using macadamia nut waste to generate power.)

Image by ABC's Damien Hooper

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