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Maize ethanol production in Brazil: Characteristics and perspectives

C.T. Eckert, E.P. Frigo, L.P. Albrecht, A.J.P. Albrecht, D. Christ, W.G. Santos, E. Berkembrock and V.A. Egewarth

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2018, vol. 82, issue P3, 3907-3912

Abstract: This paper propose the inclusion of a raw material in Brazilian fuels sector. The corn is used in other countries to produce ethanol, in Brazil has other business demands, not being employed as proposed. The work also highlights the energy, economic, social and environmental role in production ethanol from corn, especially for the country´s development, minimizing losses in logistics and grain exports. Comparatively corn is more expressive as bioenergy associated with sugarcane in the Brazilian conditions, because other raw materials have limitations: sugar beet does not have viable cultivation; rice, cassava and wheat are insufficient; and sweet sorghum requires technological adjustments to have significant production. The co-products that arise from the production of ethanol are nutritionally rich, causing less pressure on corn commodities trading.

Keywords: Biofuels; Corn; Bioenergy; South America; Zea mays L (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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