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March 2001

The energy function of sugar mills Case Study in Nicaragua

Gustavo Best

Senior Energy Coordinator,
Environment and Natural Resources Service (SDRN)


A sugar mill in Nicaragua has been converted into a power generation plant. It generates power from bagasse during the sugarcane season and from eucalyptus from dedicated energy plantations during other periods of the year. Actual generation with wood-energy started in October 2000 and results are presently being evaluated. However, preliminary studies showed that this type of power generation has economic, environmental and social benefits when compared to power generation from fuel oil.



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