Nanotechnology and the Brazilian Bioethanol Program
Sandy Bay Consulting Ltd, BR
bioethanol, sugar cane, ecological footprint
This presentation will focus on the challenges posed by the need to reduce the ecological and carbon footprint of the bioethanol from sugarcane industry, while rapidly increasing its production. We will review the present situation and growth prospects for production volumes, productivity, technologies, and environmental impacts and discuss a roadmap for nanotechnology developments needed to ensure the future of clean biofuels in Brazil. The application of nanotechnology to the whole production chain of bioethanol from sugarcane offers the possibility of large increases in productivity with concurrently large reductions in the ecological and carbon footprint of the industry. However, much research and development is required if these possibilities are to materialize within the next decade or so. We will highlight the great potential for returns of investments in this area.
Nanotech 2008 Conference Program Abstract