Virtual Sugarcane Biorefinery

It provides a computer simulation platform, composed of software and spreadsheets, which makes it possible to evaluate the integration of new technologies – in the agricultural, industrial and use phases – to the sugarcane and other biomass production chain, considering the three axes of sustainability: economic, environmental and social.

The use of this tool helps in the optimization of processes present in biorefineries, in the analysis of the stage of development of new technologies, as well as in the definition of public policies.

Among the technologies under development evaluated by the Virtual Biorefinery of Sugarcane are the production of cellulosic ethanol (second generation), the obtaining of products derived from green chemistry, new agricultural management for sugarcane, and different strategies for marketing and the use of ethanol as biofuel.