Techno-economic analysis for a sugarcane biorefinery: Colombian case. Academic Article uri icon


  • In this paper a techno-economic analysis for a sugarcane biorefinery is presented for the Colombian case. It is shown two scenarios for different conversion pathways as function of feedstock distribution and technologies for sugar, fuel ethanol, PHB, anthocyanins and electricity production. These scenarios are compared with the Colombian base case which simultaneously produce sugar, fuel ethanol and electricity. A simulation procedure was used in order to evaluate biorefinery schemes for all the scenarios, using Aspen Plus software, that include productivity analysis, energy calculations and economic evaluation for each process configuration. The results showed that the configuration with the best economic, environmental and social performance is the one that considers fuel ethanol and PHB production from combined cane bagasse and molasses. This result served as the basis to draw recommendations on technological and economic feasibility as well as social aspects for the implementation of such type of biorefinery in Colombia.

published proceedings

  • Bioresour Technol

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Moncada, J., El-Halwagi, M. M., & Cardona, C. A.

citation count

  • 124

complete list of authors

  • Moncada, Jonathan||El-Halwagi, Mahmoud M||Cardona, Carlos A

publication date

  • May 2013