For Brazil, that has a second generation ethanol production well funded, benefit from the synergy enabled by the integration of first generation with second generation ethanol plants is the best solution to have a viable second generation ethanol production in the short and medium term. The podcast bellow brings an exclusive interview with Tassia Lopes Junqueira, processes specialist of the Integrated Evaluation of Biorefineries Research Division of CTBE. Tassia works on the process of first and second generation ethanol production, computer industrial processes simulation and alternatives biorefineries evaluation.
The interview deals with subjects such as the advantages of a second generation ethanol plant integrated with a first generation ethanol plant. According to Tassia, this integration, among other factors, reduces the raw materials costs, given the low density of biomasses, and allows parts of the industrial structure to be shared, benefiting the capacities available in the first generation ethanol plant. Tassia go further and talks about her research group’s study on CTBE, mentioned in the Brazilian Development Bank’s president talk at the 21th Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris. The research evaluates the first and second generation ethanol technological evolution and costs production, concluding that in a medium term the second generation ethanol becomes competitive, presenting low costs than the first generation ethanol.