29 Nov '11, 7pm

Bagasse – the Big Prize: Filed under: Energy News

Like MSW? You’ll love bagasse. Lot of the advantages of waste, and there’s a lot more available. Heaps of bagasse, covered with blue plastic, outside of a sugar mill in Proserpine, Queensland . Image via Wikipedia. Sugar’s the new oil, DOE Secretary Steven Chu is fond of saying. Codexis agrees, but argues that sugarcane residue (instead of competing for cane syrup) is the path to the real riches. Petroleum – we all know what it is, but what does the word actually mean? It’s a mash-up from Latin and Greek. Petra+oleum. It means “rock-oil”. What makes that etymology factoid significant is that, to find oil, you generally find the rock first. Unlocking the oil from the rock – that’s the magic from which all value flows. Then, there’s bagasse. So, as Steven Chu says, when the oil runs out, the sugar goes on. You can extract sugar from a lot of things. Things that generally cos...

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