LNBR website gather SUCRE Project legacy

SUCRE Project content, before available at pages.cnpem/sucre, and only in Portuguese, is now part of the Brazilian Biorenewables National Laboratory (LNBR) website, at https://lnbr.cnpem.br/en/research/technological-challenges/sucre-project/, in an English version. As the end of the Project is approaching, and considering that SUCRE is implemented by LNBR – which integrates the Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM) – the goal was to centralize information on the National Laboratory website, facilitating access and allowing longevity to the content produced by the Project’s team, even after its closure. The intention is that the results continue to be used by industries, suppliers and institutions in the sugar-energy sector, as well as academia and stakeholders, whether from Brazil or other countries.

Main page of SUCRE Project at LNBR website

Over the five years of the Project, there were several initiatives to disseminate SUCRE Project, its work advances, methodologies and results. Among them is the launch of several editions of Newsletters to a diverse mailing list, the creation of dissemination materials, such as Booklets and Issue Papers, paper publications, the promotion of events and participation in external events, the dissemination of results in the specialized and wide-reaching press, on social networks and in partnership with institutions in the sugar-energy sector, as well as meetings at the sugarcane mills.

Five booklets were published for an easy understanding of the main results of the Project’s work areas: Straw Recovery Routes; Straw Processing and Burning; Sugarcane Straw Removal in Brazil; Sustainable Bioelectricity; Bioelectricity Booklet (the last one with information on the available models of energy commercialization from sugarcane biomass in Brazil). These publications are available in both Portuguese and English.


For the purpose of international dissemination, issue papers were produced. There are five two-sided pages with more summarized information, when compared to the Booklets, but in a more technical language. Following the same logic from Booklets, presenting results by areas of activity, the issue papers area also available for download on the website: https://lnbr.cnpem.br/en/research/technological-challenges/sucre-project/dissemination/issue-papers-sucre-project/.

Another legacy of SUCRE Project is PalhaCalc – or StrawCalc in a free translation for English –, an online calculator, available in Portuguese, which answers environmental and economic feasibility of straw collection for exploratory purposes. Available for free use, the simulation tools allow responses such as the minimum selling price of the electricity generated, the mill’s generation capacity, as well as the emissions of greenhouse gases avoided by the bioelectricity produced.


Documents, such as slides presented at events, scientific articles of free access and reports prepared by the Project team are available for download on this page: https://lnbr.cnpem.br/en/research/technological-challenges/sucre-project/downloads/. There was a total of 10 events held by the Project in order to disseminate the methodologies and results obtained, and the team’s participation in more than 40 external events. There were more than 200 repercussions in the press and the publication of 27 scientific articles on the results of SUCRE.



The SUCRE (Sugarcane Renewable Electricity) Project was primarily designed to increase the production of electricity with low greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions using the sugarcane straw made available during the crop harvest. SUCRE team has been working on identifying and solving issues that hinder partner mills from fully and systematically recovering straw for generating electricity. Beginning in June 2015, it is a total five years of Project, with funding of around US$ 7.5 million from Global Environment Facility (GEF) and a cost sharing part from the Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM) of over US$ 3 million. The recovery and use of straw for electricity production in the private sector leveraged an investment of approximately US$ 160 million by partner plants (a major part of which has already been done through the installation of dry cleaning systems, retrofit or purchase of boilers, turbogenerators, balers and other pieces of equipment). The initiative is managed through a partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is carried out by the Brazilian Biorenewables National Laboratory (LNBR), which is part of CNPEM.


About LNBR

The Brazilian Biorenewables National Laboratory (LNBR) is part of the Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM), a non-profit private organization that operates under Contract Management with the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC). LNBR uses Brazilian biomass and biodiversity to solve key scientific and technological challenges by employing high-performance biological platforms of industrial relevance for the sustainable development of advanced biofuels, biochemicals and biomaterials. The Laboratory has a history of technology development in partnership with companies, including start-ups. Among LNBR open-access facilities one finds a Pilot Plant for Process Development, a unique facility for scaling up of technologies.



The Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM) is a non-profit private organization under supervision of the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (MCTIC). Located in Campinas, São Paulo, the Center is comprised of four laboratories, worldwide references in their fields, which are open to the scientific and business communities. The Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS) is currently assembling Sirius, the new Brazilian electron accelerator. The Brazilian Biosciences National Laboratory (LNBio) is dedicated to solving challenges in the areas of health. The Brazilian Biorenewables National Laboratory (LNBR) is focused on biotechnological solutions for the sustainable development of advanced biofuels, biochemicals and biomaterials, using biomass and the Brazilian biodiversity. Finally, the Brazilian Nanotechnology National Laboratory (LNNano) conducts scientific research and technologic development into solutions based on nanotechnology. The four Laboratories also have their own research projects and participate in the transversal research agenda coordinated by CNPEM, which articulates scientific facilities and capabilities around strategic themes.