BP to grow green in Brazil

The year is 2013, and the place: Brazil. UK energy major BP will be instrumental in the deployment of large-scale cellulosic ethanol facilities.

Its first port of call, however, will be north of the border. BP’s first second generation ethanol plant will be constructed in the US next year, with the technology being transferred to its plants in Brazil after operations commence at the US facility.

Brazil’s energy equivalent Petrobras is operating a research facility producing ethanol from cellulosic biomass, as well as a pilot plant that is producing the fuel from bagasse, the fibre left over after sugarcane is crushed.

Brazil and the US rank top in the ethanol world. In 2008, Brazil produced a record 26.6 billion litres of ethanol from sugarcane, with output up 15.6% from the previous year.

By 2013 some 15 million vehicles in Brazil will be able to operate with petrol or ethanol, the National Automobile Manufacturers Association says.

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