Sulzer’s pumps support next generation biofuel production

Raízen, Brazil’s largest producer of ethanol from biomass feedstock, has selected Sulzer pump technology for its new second-generation ethanol (E2G) processing facilities.

Sugarcane waste which is known as bagasse
Sugarcane waste which is known as bagasse - Image © pipi - Adobe Stock.

Sulzer is supplying a range of special metallurgy, process and utility pumps to process raw materials in support of renewable biofuel production for three new facilities.

Raízen will produce E2G using the sugarcane waste from its conventional bioethanol plants, which is known as bagasse. Given the fibrous nature of bagasse, pumps, pipes and valves supporting E2G production are particularly susceptible to blockage, corrosion and early failure. Sulzer says its robust products and technical expertise, coupled with its local parts and maintenance offering, were decisive to its winning the tender.

Jan Lüder, Sulzer’s Division President Flow Equipment, said: “We are delighted to see our expertise and technology being selected for innovative solutions that reduce emissions and waste – in this case, using crop residues that are otherwise of no value, to reduce reliance on fossil fuels while safeguarding food crops.”

Raízen plans to build 20 new second-generation ethanol (E2G) processing facilities by 2030.