Powered By Sugarcane

The island of Mauritius has throughout history been dependent on imported petroleum in order to generate electricity.

 

However, leadership on the island has been increasingly preparing for a time in the near future that energy will be more scarce. With this being said, they have been investigating in wind, solar, and hydropower.  Furthermore, they’ve also been using a sugar cane crop on the island.

 

This sugar cane crop has been creating enough biomass to provide for a seriously impressive fourteen percent of all of the power on the island.

 

The island of Mauritius, a small island nearby to the East of Madagascar has been generating this power by burning a specific material known as bagasse. This material is what is left over after sugarcane is processed.  The carbon dioxide from the power generation process has been used to add fizz to soft drinks.

 

However other than being a significant material used for manufacturing purposes, Mauritius has also been proving that it can be also used to a highly economical source of power too.

 

This innovative new process to produce energy could also be a potential solution for other parts of the world, where fossil fuel energy starts to become more and more expensive.

 

The goal of the government in Mauritius is to increase the share of renewable energy to 35 percent by the year 2025.

 

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