Sugarcane bagasse: raw material for power

São Martinho’s main products are sugar, ethanol , energy besides other products as mentioned below:

  • Sugar: São Martinho’s mills produce several types of raw sugar. In recent years, the main product has been VVHP, a standard sugar category traded on the international market.
  • Ethanol: São Martinho also produces hydrous ethanol, used as fuel by exclusively ethanol-driven vehicles; anhydrous ethanol, which is used as a gasoline additive in gasoline-driven vehicles; and industrial ethanol, which is mainly used in the production of paint, cosmetics and alcoholic beverages.
  • Energy: Sugarcane bagasse, a byproduct from the sugar and ethanol production process, is fully reused. The energy produced from burning the bagasse is used to power mills and any remaining electric power is sold, making for a clean process that avoids the use of fossil fuels.
  • RNA: through its subsidiary Omtek, located in Iracemápolis, São Martinho produces ribonucleic acid (RNA) sodium salt, which is used in the pharmaceutical and food industries as a raw material and flavor enhancer.
  • Byproducts: As byproducts of its sugar and ethanol production process, São Martinho produces yeast, used in animal feed; fuel oil, used as a solvent and in the manufacture of explosives and pure amyl alcohol; and sugarcane bagasse, used to generate steam and electricity.
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